James Bradley is an author and a critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Resurrectionist and Clade.
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The Great Southern Reef
What is killing off the kelp forests along Australia’s coast?
What eels do when we're not watching
Fish have feelings too
Under-the-sea society is much more complex than we imagine
‘The Natural Way of Things’ by Charlotte Wood
Allen & Unwin; $29.99
Christos Tsiolkas’ ‘Barracuda’
All fired up
It takes little more than two hours for the spotter planes to locate the first whale shark of the day. Along with the two-dozen or so others who have paid several hundred dollars to spend a day diving with the sharks, I don my mask and flippers in readiness …
‘Big Love’, Season 2, SBS Television
It's easy to imagine the pitch for HBO's polygamist drama, Big Love: Everything a normal family faces, times three. It's a neat formula, and it captures much of the pleasure of the series, which centres on the ever-expanding family of the Utah …
‘Birds of Australia’s Top End’ by Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
Early on in these pages, Denise Goodfellow marks out some territory. Relating her Aboriginal sister’s reaction to a picture of a cassowary (“What’s this? Different emu?”), she declares: “Rather mischievously I did consider adopting the classificatory …
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