Australian politics, society & culture


A praying knight from the Westminster Psalter, circa 1250 AD. Courtesy of the British Library
Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’
By Helen Elliott
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Michael Lucy
New research shows that wealth can cultivate attitudes that are against redistribution and for privilege, says Anne Manne, a Melbourne writer whose latest book is The Life of I: The New Culture of Narcissism.
Multi-award winning author Alex Miller talks with Ashley Hay about his new (and apparently final) novel, Coal Creek. Sydney Writers Festival, 2014.
Fearless Mexican journalist Lydia Cacho has dedicated her career to exposing corruption, injustice and human rights violations. In her exceptional work of investigative reporting, Slavery Inc., Cacho exposes the shocking reality of human trafficking.
As a journalist-slash-activist, Masha Gessen is renowned for her staunch opposition to the current political climate in Russia, as highlighted in her biography Words Will Break: The Passion of Pussy Riot (2014).
Writer and lawyer Alice Pung unravels the meaning of the then-proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act and what they may have meant for bigotry in Australia. With Maxine Beneba Clarke and Nick Feik.
Elizabeth Kolbert (The Sixth Extinction) and scientist Dr John Williams explore the science surrounding climate change, the effects of land clearing and agriculture, and their impact on the planet’s biodiversity, and eventual survival.
Join Ramona Koval in a Skype conversation with Michel Faber, the author of ‘The Book of Strange New Things’. Faber was born in The Hague, The Netherlands. He and his parents emigrated to Australia in 1967.
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Kevin Rabalais
Virago Press; $29.99
By Gretchen Shirm
Vintage Australia; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Guy Rundle
The perverse attraction of autobiographical fiction
By Ceridwen Dovey
Tasmania’s Black War was our nation’s most intense frontier conflict, resulting in the death of close to 200 Britons and 1,000 Aboriginals. Nicholas Clements offers contrasting perspectives from both sides of this dark chapter in Australia's history.
NoViolet Bulawayo was born in Tsholotsho a year after Zimbabwe’s independence from British colonial rule. We Need New Names is her first novel. In 2013 it was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
Ramona Koval (The Monthly Book) speak to anthropologist Martha Macintyre and Erik Jensen about Jared Diamond's The World Until Yesterday.
Jared Diamond discusses his new book The World Until Yesterday with Ramona Koval. Diamond is an American scientist and author of The Third Chimpanzee, Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse.