Catherine Ford

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

Articles by this author

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Former police officer Timothy Baker goes on trial for murder
Police, don’t move!
Late on the night of Sunday, 25 August 2013, Leading Senior Constable Timothy Baker, a police officer with Melbourne’s Stonnington Highway Patrol, was on duty in inner-city St...
IBAC investigates the Victorian education department’s failed Ultranet
Very unusual payments
In late February, Dr James Watterston, the director-general of Queensland’s Department of Education and Training, gave evidence to the Victorian Independent Broad-based Anti-...
IBAC investigates Victoria’s rotten education bureaucracy
Department of disgrace
In early June, Nino Napoli, a senior executive with the Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET), stepped into a witness box and began to answer some long overdue...
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Lorrie Moore’s ‘Bark’
Recently, a journalist asked Lorrie Moore why it had taken her 15 years, after her remarkable Birds of America appeared in 1998, to produce another story collection. “I don...
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Craig Sherborne’s ‘Tree Palace’
On radio some years ago, Craig Sherborne, then the author of two unsparing memoirs and a pitiless autobiographical novel, was asked how he managed the relationships in his life...
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Shaun Tan’s ‘Rules of Summer’
Shaun Tan’s books, as he has declared on his website, “are not created with children in mind”. Why, then, are they published under a children’s imprint and...
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...
Fiona McFarlane; Hamish Hamilton; $29.99
The Night Guest
Ruth Field’s retirement isn’t playing out smoothly. Widowed abruptly, deserted by her sons, she’s stranded in bathetic isolation on the south coast of New South...
A Blue Whale and Whaling Men, by Frank Hurley, National Library of Australia
A Savage History: Whaling in the Pacific and Southern Oceans
People in both subarctic and tropical regions have hunted whales for thousands of years, but commercial whaling for oil and food – not to mention women’s corsetry,...
Peter Sutton at a Wik outstation in 1977: “That period seems a little innocent now”. Photo courtesy of David Martin
An anthropologist hits the skids in Cape York
The Aurukun blues of Peter Sutton
In October 2012, Peter Sutton, the Adelaide anthropologist, linguist and author, flew into Cairns en route to Aurukun, Far North Queensland, as a guest of the Cape York Land...
Madeleine: The life of Madeleine St John, Helen Trinca, Text Publishing; $32.99
By Helen Trinca
‘Madeleine: The life of Madeleine St John’
Helen Trinca’s biography of Madeleine St John – the Sydney-born novelist, who decamped to England during the ’60s, fleeing family and much else that she loathed...
'Dead Europe'by Tony Krawitz (director). In limited release.
‘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...
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Inside Noel Pearson's social experiment
Great Expectations
David Glasgow, a tall, portly man in his late 60s, has one of the most challenging jobs in the country as the head of the Family Responsibilities Commission. Established in 2008...
'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...
'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...
'HHhH' by Laurent Binet, Harvill Secker; $32.95
'HHhH' by Laurent Binet
Not too many first novels come at you like this one. Laurent Binet’s debut, based on the true story of the British and Czech mission to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, chief...
Scene from a public school, circa 1978. © Newspix/News Limited
Public versus Private Schools
Across the Great Divide
In the mid 1970s, my conservative, town-dwelling parents uprooted us on a whim. From our comfortable home in a fantastically uneventful suburb of Geelong, we decamped to a farm...
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
Grace Kelly’s Gowns in Bendigo
All Frocked Up
On a recent March morning, the air over Bendigo Art Gallery turned suddenly noisy with lorikeets. Wearing ’70s day-glo capes and clocking delinquent speeds, the birds screeched...