The surgeon as bad-tempered hero

Frank Bowden decodes an unsettling memoir of life in and beyond the operating theatre

20 Jun 14 | Comments (0)

Letting us in on her secret

Best known for her undercover exposé Nickel and Dimed, Barbara Ehrenreich ventures into entirely different territory in her new book, writes Sara Dowse

12 Jun 14 | Comments (2)

An unknown, an interloper, a feminist

Eilean Giblin touched much that was formative in twentieth-century Australia, writes Sybil Nolan

05 Mar 14 | Comments (1)

Digging into the resource curse

The life stories of four mining magnates illuminate where Australia’s economy is headed, writes Michael Gilding. The political and social effects could be profound

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Red in tooth and claw

Politics is hard and democracy is messy. Brett Evans reviews two new books that help explain why it doesn’t all end in disaster

21 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Too much talent

A new collection of letters traces the life of the “outrageously gifted” composer of West Side Story, writes Andrew Ford

11 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

What kind of noise annoys an oyster?

Melancholy and occasionally joyous, the story of two “squinty daughters” doesn’t quite justify the pictures, writes Darren Tofts

14 Jan 14 | Comments (0)

Torn in two parts

On the anniversary of its publication, Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews John Douglas Pringle’s self-deprecating account of a much-admired career

21 Jun 13 | Comments (0)