David Marr

David Marr
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.

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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 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

Political Animal

Tony Abbott

The Making of Tony Abbott

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

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott

Liberal Party

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

The Politics of News

News Corporation

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’