Australian politics, society & culture


Nick Drake
By Anwen Crawford
Lena Dunham’s ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
By Anna Goldsworthy
Frank Moorhouse’s ‘Australia Under Surveillance’ and David Horner’s ‘The Spy Catchers: The official history of ASIO, 1949–1963’
By David McKnight
Naomi Klein’s ‘This Changes Everything’
By Robert Manne
Gambler and MONA founder David Walsh has written a book
By Amanda Lohrey
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.
The politics of Clive Palmer
By Guy Rundle
Marc Hunter
Australia has produced only six true rock stars
By Robert Forster
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.
The Monthly Book for November 2014 is The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber. The author of The Crimson Petal and the White returns with a new novel that is every bit as grand in scope, genre-transcending and beautifully detailed. The Book of Strange New Things is a page-turning exploration of love, faith
An excursion into George Brandis’s Brave New World of metadata capture and storage
By Tony Wilson
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
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s ‘Two Days, One Night’ and Damien Chazelle’s ‘Whiplash’
By Luke Davies