John Birmingham

John Birmingham
John Birmingham is an author, a columnist and a journalist. His books include He Died With a Felafel in His Hand and Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney.

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Julian Assange holds a press conference on the 'Afghan War Diary' in London, 26 July 2010. © Leon Neal / AFP / Getty Images

The man who fell to Earth


Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks

'Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania's Forests' by Anna Krien, Black Inc., 304pp; $29.95

‘Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests’ by Anna Krien


Tasmania is another country, sometimes another world. To move beyond the edge of settlement, which largely peters out a short drive from the fairytale towns of Hobart and Launceston, is to pass into an antipodean Middle Earth. As quickly becomes clear …

'Brisbane' by Matthew Condon, UNSW Press, 312pp; $29.95

‘Brisbane’ by Matthew Condon


Cities have memories that outlive those who first held them. London will always recall the Blitz, Rome the glories of empire. Some memories are, of course, lost. Time, war, civilisational collapse all take their toll. But how do you explain a city that …

‘War’ by Sebastian Junger


It might seem strange and contrary, but among the many surprising truths in Sebastian Junger’s brilliant evocation of 15 months, on and off, spent at the front in Afghanistan is the presence of love at the heart of war. The strong bond that can develop …

Failed state


New South Wales

Changing frontiers


The National Party



A short history of the media future

Looking west


Australia and the Indian Ocean

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Soiled goods


The dimpled orange, bursting with sweetness, that you cut for your breakfast this morning had been dying from the moment it was plucked from its twig. Human hands might have grabbed it from the branch, or perhaps a giant mechanical harvester shook the …