Catherine Ford

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

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Craig Sherborne’s ‘Tree Palace’


Text; $29.99

Shaun Tan’s ‘Rules of Summer’


Hachette; $24.99

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


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

The Aurukun blues of Peter Sutton

Indigenous rights

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

Great Expectations

Indigenous disadvantage

Inside Noel Pearson's social experiment

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

‘Dead Europe’ by Tony Krawitz (director)

Christos Tsiolkas

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 …