James Boyce


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


Image of fish traps, Darling River, NSW, 1938


Transforming the national imagination: The ‘Dark Emu’ debate

Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe’s ‘Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?’ challenges ideas of progress championed by Bruce Pascoe

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Picking losers

There are good reasons why Australians won’t pick fruit

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Julian of Norwich

Might challenges to neoliberal orthodoxies emerge from the pandemic, as challenges to Christian faith did after the Black Death?

Illustration by Jeff Fisher


Whitefella visits Kurnell

A Botany Bay ferry would restore Cook’s landing site as a ‘meeting place’

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A Pentecostal PM and climate change

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

Image of Mike Parr, Underneath the Bitumen the Artist


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

Image of a modern kitchen, circa 1950.


Tablet or toilet?

How transformative has the computer age really been?

Richard Dawkins

The selfish gene

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 …