James Boyce

James Boyce
James Boyce is a Hobart-based writer and historian. His latest book is Imperial Mud: The Fight for the Fens.

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A Pentecostal PM and climate change


Does a belief in the End Times inform Scott Morrison’s response to the bushfire crisis?

Conversion on the way to Damascus by Caravaggio

Damascene subversion: Christos Tsiolkas’s ‘Damascus’


The literary storyteller’s latest novel wrestles with the mythology of Christianity’s founder, Paul the Apostle

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The lie of ‘responsible gambling’


Australia’s world-beating gambling addiction and the deception hiding it


The Devil and Scott Morrison


What do we know about the prime minister’s Pentecostalism?

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Mike Parr’s invisible performance and Tasmania’s complex past


Underneath the bitumen in Hobart, history becomes art

Decoding the dual-citizenship crisis


Australia’s founders would be shocked at today’s interpretation of the Constitution

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Tablet or toilet?


How transformative has the computer age really been?

The selfish gene

Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins published The Selfish Gene in 1976, the book that established his reputation and which, his closest supporters maintain, ‘takes pride of place among his achievements’. With it, he helped popularise the idea that not only the …

'The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia' By Bill Gammage, Allen and Unwin, 384pp; $49.99

‘The Biggest Estate on Earth’ by Bill Gammage


Modern environmental sensibility has not increased the number of Australians who are able to imagine what our dominant homelands – the coastlands of the temperate zone – were like before European settlement. Such has been the transformation of the …