Peter Craven

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20 ENTRIES Peter Craven is a literary and culture critic.



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Culture

The curtain falls

Vale Michael Blakemore, whose rivalry with the National Theatre’s Peter Hall led them both to become giants of the stage

Sam Neill in ‘My Brilliant Career’, 1979

Culture

Jurassic lark: Sam Neill’s ‘Did I Ever Tell You This?’

The ever-likeable New Zealander delivers that rarest of things, a memoir by an actor without vanity

Front cover of ‘Spare’, featuring close up of Prince Harry's face

Culture

Prince Harry’s ‘Spare’

The Duke of Sussex’s blockbuster memoir surprises with its mastery of self-portraiture, and of payback

Colin Farrell in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

Culture

The unsettled isle: Martin McDonagh’s ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’

A masterpiece from the strange mind of the Irish playwright and writer-director of ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Image of Max von Sydow in The Exorcist

Culture

Knight to rook 3

Remembering Max von Sydow, the greatest actor of his generation

Photograph of Harold Bloom

Culture

Canon salute

Remembering Harold Bloom (July 11, 1930 – October 14, 2019)

Smiley’s return

Culture

Smiley’s return

‘A Legacy of Spies’ brings together two of John le Carré’s greatest characters – but why?

Cover of The Gustav Sonata

Culture

‘The Gustav Sonata’ by Rose Tremain

Chatto & Windus; $29.99

Society

‘The Legacy’ by Kirsten Tranter

Kirsten Tranter, the daughter of famous poet John and formidable literary agent Lyn, has a literary background with bells on. Her first novel, The Legacy, shows her to be a novelist with a commanding talent – a tough plain-stylist …

Society

Tudor Style

Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’

arts

A stockingful

Peter Craven on the best books for Summer

arts

Best Books for Summer 2008–09

Alice Schroeder, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life (Bloomsbury, 976pp; $49.95). Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father, read by the author (Text Publishing, 6 CDs; $39.95). Helen Garner, The Spare Room (Text Publishing, 208pp; $29.95). Christos …

arts

Sing out loud, sing out strong

Opera in Australia

arts

Sixty of the best

The best books for summer

Peter Craven’s Best Books for Summer 2007-08

Julian Burnside, Watching Brief: Reflections on Human Rights, Law and Justice (Scribe, 320pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9781921215490.Julia Fox, Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford (W&N, 400pp; $55). ISBN: 0297850814.Waleed Aly, People Like Us: How Arrogance …

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