Australian politics, society & culture


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By Gretchen Shirm
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By Kevin Rabalais
Clive James. © Marco Secchi / Getty
Clive James’ ‘Sentenced to Life’ and Les Murray’s ‘Waiting for the Past’
By Justin Clemens
There is a jarring disconnect between social media–fuelled activism and general disenfranchisement with politics. How are journalists bridging the divide?   Madonna King (journalist and biographer of Joe Hockey), Mary Delahunty (author of Public Life, Private Grief and Gravity: Inside the PM’s office
On 1 January 1915, ramifications from World War One, raging half a world away, were felt in Broken Hill. In a guerrilla-style military operation, four citizens were killed and seven wounded. With his novella Oddfellows, masterful writer Nicholas Shakespeare has turned this little-known piece of Australian history into
The new nonfiction books by Christine Kenneally (The Invisible History of the Human Race) and Andrea di Robilant (Chasing the Rose: An adventure in the Venetian countryside) are so gripping that they will have you hooked from the introduction. At the Perth Writers Festival 2015, they talk to John Harman about writing
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By Brenda Walker
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By Richard Cooke
A praying knight from the Westminster Psalter, circa 1250 AD. Courtesy of the British Library
Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Buried Giant’
By Helen Elliott
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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.