Amanda Lohrey


30 ENTRIES Amanda Lohrey is the author of The Reading Group, Camille’s BreadA Short History of Richard Kline, and the Quarterly Essays Groundswell and Voting for Jesus.


Cover of Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’ [detail]


Agents of chaos: Peter Pomerantsev’s ‘This Is Not Propaganda’

The Russian expat journalist wonders if democracy can survive the internet, as social media is used to promote feelings over facts

‘Penny Wong: Passion and Principle’


‘Penny Wong: Passion and Principle’

Margaret Simons’ biography of one of the country’s most admired politicians

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The end of American diplomacy: Ronan Farrow’s ‘War on Peace’

The Pulitzer Prize winner explains how the State Department’s problems started long before Trump

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Tasmania got gamed

James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry


‘Appetites for Thought’ by Michel Onfray

Trans. Donald Barry and Stephen Muecke; Reaktion Books; $40


The new Greens

Richard Di Natale and a new leadership team hit the mainstream


A welcome contradiction

Gambler and MONA founder David Walsh has written a book

Liberal Party

Malcolm Turnbull, the prince of moderation

How the Liberal Party has exiled its last reasonable man

Australian Politics

Clive Palmer the trickster

The Palmer United Party are anti-politics wildcards in Parliament


The Tasmanian election

The ALP, the Libs, the Greens, the split

Subtropical beech forest, northern NSW © Paul Curtis

Germaine Greer’s ‘White Beech’

The hero of this story is a tree or rather a species of tree

Australian Politics

Andrew Wilkie’s re-election campaign

In the 2007 election, Andrew Wilkie was a Greens senate candidate, no. 2 on the Tasmanian ticket behind Bob Brown. On a campaign drive around the state, Wilkie stopped overnight at the house of a Greens supporter in the seaside town of St Helens. The …


Fracking and food security

The Greens chase the farming vote


The queen of not-nice: Janet Malcolm’s ‘Forty-one False Starts’

The latest collection of writing from the New Journalism doyenne

Tony Abbott, 23 March 2011. © Alan Porritt/AAP

Julia Gillard

A Matter of Context

Gillard and the press gallery