Anne Manne

Anne Manne
Anne Manne is the author of Motherhood, the Quarterly Essay ‘Love & Money’ and the memoir So This Is Life. Her most recent book is The Life of I: The new culture of narcissism.

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Joker  in  the  pack


On the road with the irrepressible Nick Xenophon

In defence of the rat


The many talents of a much-maligned rodent

The wife and times

Family and relationships

Annabel Crabb’s ‘The Wife Drought’

Confident white males - and other profiles of denialism


  "We are vaguely aware of choosing not to look at the facts, but not quite conscious of what it is we are evading." - Stanley Cohen, State of Denial   The ‘facts’ on climate change could not be clearer. There …

De Beauvoir's heir? Badinter with the great thinker in 1983. © Francoise Duc Pages/Kipa/Corbis

Children’s Lib


Elisabeth Badinter’s 'The Conflict: Woman and Mother'

Community and disability activist Rhonda Galbally with members of the Human Rights Committee for Victoria at Parliament House, Melbourne, June 2005. © Eddie Jim/Fairfax Syndication

Two nations


The case for a national disability insurance scheme

Dubbed the greatest match race in history, Seabiscuit (inside left), ridden by George Woolf, beats War Admiral in 1938. © Bettman / Corbis

How not to win the Melbourne Cup


In sentimental movies about horseracing, such as National Velvet and Seabiscuit, there is a recurring theme. A rough diamond with potential slowly becomes a champion, transforming the lives of all those associated with it. The ending …



A decade ago I wrote a newspaper article about Sarah Blaffer Hrdy’s controversial book Mother Nature: Natural Selection and the Female of the Species. Halfway through I came across a photo that has haunted me ever since. A Pakistani mother …



The girl in the room