Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad
Peter Conrad’s most recent book is How the World Was Won. His Myths of the Day, based on a BBC radio series, will be published in 2016.

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Lorina Gore, one of the Rhinemaidens performing in November’s Ring cycle in Melbourne.

© Keith Saunders

The ‘Ring’ cycle in Melbourne

A week at the opera

Tim Winton’s ‘Eyrie’ and Richard Flanagan’s ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’

Light and shadow

Specular holograms at the Museum of Mathematics.  © Steven Severinghaus

New York’s Museum of Mathematics

  Childhood is when we learn how to piece the world together. We have to find our way through a labyrinth of riddles and conundrums, which can only be solved by the accident-prone inductive method. Few of us progress through this wonderland with …

Tiptoeing beyond tulips with Nederlands Dans Theater


The dance company redefines an art form

© Johann Persen

‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ theatre review


Good medicine

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

A Less Perfect Union

Barack Obama

Obama’s next challenge

Anna Funder © Marco Del Grande/Fairfax Syndication

Free Agent

Miles Franklin

Anna Funder finds her feet in Brooklyn

Obama's election day cheer squad, Harlem, New York, 4 November 2008. © Ingvar Kenne

Waiting for Barack


The improbable president

Cape Town Opera's UK production of 'Porgy and Bess', 2012. © John Snelling

Plenty o’ Nuttin’

South Africa

Cape Town Opera