Catherine Ford


21 ENTRIES Catherine Ford is a freelance journalist. Her books include NYC and Dirt.


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Police, don’t move!

Former police officer Timothy Baker goes on trial for murder



Very unusual payments

IBAC investigates the Victorian education department’s failed Ultranet

Department of disgrace


Department of disgrace

IBAC investigates Victoria’s rotten education bureaucracy

Lorrie Moore’s ‘Bark’

Lorrie Moore’s ‘Bark’

Faber; $29.99

Craig Sherborne’s ‘Tree Palace’


Craig Sherborne’s ‘Tree Palace’

Text; $29.99

Shaun Tan’s ‘Rules of Summer’


Shaun Tan’s ‘Rules of Summer’

Hachette; $24.99

Begging the Breaker’s pardon

Begging the Breaker’s pardon

On a rainy Saturday in July, a small audience in Melbourne’s Supreme Court building heard the moot court appeal to overturn the convictions of three Australian soldiers made more than 110 years ago in South Africa. Found guilty by courts martial …

‘The Night Guest’ by Fiona McFarlane


‘The Night Guest’ by Fiona McFarlane

Hamish Hamilton; $29.99

A Blue Whale and Whaling Men, by Frank Hurley, National Library of Australia


John Newton’s ‘A Savage History: Whaling in the Pacific and Southern Oceans’

An account of commercial whaling’s ignoble past

Peter Sutton at a Wik outstation in 1977: “That period seems a little innocent now”. Photo courtesy of David Martin

Indigenous rights

The Aurukun blues of Peter Sutton

An anthropologist hits the skids in Cape York

Madeleine: The life of Madeleine St John, Helen Trinca, Text Publishing; $32.99


‘Madeleine: The life of Madeleine St John’

By Helen Trinca

© Brian Cassey

Indigenous disadvantage

Great Expectations

Inside Noel Pearson's social experiment

'Dead Europe'by Tony Krawitz (director). In limited release.

Christos Tsiolkas

‘Dead Europe’ by Tony Krawitz (director)

When Greek-Australian photographer Isaac Raftis, the protagonist in Tony Krawitz’s adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel, announces a trip to Europe to train a lens on his family’s long-abandoned homeland, he’s submitted to hostile …

'Montebello', Robert Drewe, Hamish Hamilton; $29.99

’Montebello’ by Robert Drewe

On the day in 1952 that Britain detonated the first of three atomic bombs off the Pilbara coast, Robert Drewe was in a Perth phone box, begging a late-pass from his mother. He was nine; his mother was anxious. “Atom bombs worry the blazes out of me, …

'The Dinner' by Herman Koch, Text Publishing; $29.99


’The Dinner’ by Herman Koch

When Serge Lohman, the Netherlands’ favourite candidate for prime minister, dines at an exclusive restaurant with his younger brother Paul, we know there’s scrofulous business ahead in Herman Koch’s grim and perturbing novel, The Dinner. …