David Marr


19 ENTRIES David Marr is a writer and journalist. He is the author of the award-winning Patrick White: A Life, Quarterly Essay 38, ‘Power Trip’, and co-author of Dark Victory. He has been a reporter with Four Corners and the host of Media Watch.


Image of ‘My Country’ by David Marr


Once is enough

Reflections on weddings after the legislation of marriage equality – an extract

Your handy guide to political newspeak


Your handy guide to political newspeak

To help combat unwelcome ideas about sex, women, human rights and especially race

Image of Patrick White


The art of biography

The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing

Brutal maths


Brutal maths

The rise of Bill Shorten in Victoria’s faction wars

Received wisdom


Received wisdom

David Malouf’s extraordinary musings on life and art

Robert Farquharson leaves the Supreme Court in Melbourne, 30 December 2005. © Joe Castro / AAP


End of the road

Helen Garner’s ‘This House of Grief’

Portrait of Tony Abbott by Neil Moore


Freedom Abbott

The brief life and quiet death of Tony Abbott’s love of liberty


David Marr and George Pell correspondence following the Quarterly Essay, The Prince

A predictable and selective rehash of old material. G.K. Chesterton said: “A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” Marr has no idea what motivates a believing Christian. - …

The Prince: George Pell


The Prince: George Pell

The presbytery of St Alipius is a redbrick gothic bungalow built when gold money was still washing through Ballarat. It sits in a Catholic compound of brick and granite schools and convents where the road from Melbourne reaches town. White crosses stand …

‘Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott’ by David Marr, Black Inc, 256pp; $19.95

Tony Abbott

Political Animal

The Making of Tony Abbott

Quarterly Essay 47, 'Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott' by David Marr, Black Inc., 140pp; $19.95

Liberal Party

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott

I am not asking the Australian people to take me on trust but on the record of a lifetime and an instinct to serve ingrained long before I became opposition leader: as a student president, trainee priest, Rhodes Scholar, surf life-saver and volunteer …

A frustrated politician: Rupert Murdoch in 1985. © Roger Ressmeyer/Corbis

News Corporation

The Politics of News

David McKnight’s 'Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Power'

Frank Moorhouse, the nation's Edith Wharton. © Steve Baccon/Fairfax Syndication


Age of innocence

Frank Moorhouse’s ‘Cold Light’

'All That I Am', By Anna Funder, Penguin, 384pp;$29.95


The magic of exile

Anna Funder’s “All That I Am”


Anglican business

Sydney’s brand new archbishop wanted money – lots and lots of money – to persuade 400,000 souls in the nation’s most sinful city “to serve Christ in love” within a decade. By chance – or malign good fortune, perhaps – Peter Jensen’s …