December 2007 - January 2008

Arts & Letters

Peter Craven's Best Books for Summer 2007-08

By Peter Craven

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 is Dividing Islam and the West (Picador, 304pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9780330423809.

Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (Allen & Unwin, 320pp; $29.95). ISBN(13): 9781741752229.

Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth (Random House, 384pp; $69.95). ISBN(13): 9780739356975.

Germaine Greer, Shakespeare's Wife (Allen & Unwin, 416pp; $35). ISBN(13): 9780747591702.

Bill Bryson, Shakespeare (HarperCollins, 272pp; $30). ISBN(13): 9780007197897.

AD Nuttall, Shakespeare the Thinker (Yale University Press, 448pp; $59.95). ISBN: 0300119283.

J Bate and E Rasmussen (eds), RSC Shakespeare Complete Works Collector's Edition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2552pp; $385). ISBN(13): 9780230003514.

Catherine MS Alexander, Shakespeare: The Life, the Work, the Treasures (Simon & Schuster, 64pp; US$50). ISBN(13): 9781416546771.

Ian McEwan, On Chesil Beach (Random House, 176pp; $29.95). ISBN(13): 9780224081184.

Don DeLillo, Falling Man (Pan Macmillan, 256pp; $55.00). ISBN(13): 9780330452236.

Norman Mailer, The Castle in the Forest (Hachette Livre, 432pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9780316027380.

Janette Turner Hospital, Orpheus Lost (HarperCollins, 400pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9780732284411.

Joyce Carol Oates, The Gravedigger's Daughter (HarperCollins, 600pp; $55). ISBN(13): 9780007258451.

Edmund White, Hotel de Dream (Allen & Unwin, 240pp; $39.95). ISBN(13): 9780747590590.

William Trevor, Cheating at Canasta (Penguin, 240pp; $39.95). ISBN(13): 9780670917266.

David Malouf, David Malouf: The Complete Stories (Random House, 528pp; $45.00). ISBN(13): 9781741666113.

JM Coetzee, Diary of a Bad Year (Text, 192pp; $35). ISBN(13): 9781921145636.

Les Murray, Selected Poems (Black Inc., 256pp; $27.95). ISBN(13): 9781863954044.

Simon Leys, Other People's Thoughts (Black Inc., 160pp; $19.95). ISBN(13): 9781863954150.

Simon Leys, The Death of Napoleon (Black Inc., 128pp; $19.95). ISBN(13): 9781863953344.

Clive James, Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time (Pan Macmillan, 852pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9780330418867.

Peter Conrad, Creation: Artists, Gods and Origins (Thames & Hudson, 592pp; $75). ISBN(13): 9780500513569.

Susan Sontag, At the Same Time (Penguin, 252pp; $49.95). ISBN(13): 9780241143711.

Janet Malcolm, Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice (Melbourne University Press, 240pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 0-522-85436-2. 

Orhan Pamuk, Other Colours (Allen & Unwin, 432pp; $45.00). ISBN(13): 9780571236862.

VS Naipaul, A Writer's People (Pan Macmillan, 188pp; $55). ISBN(13): 9780330485241.

Gunter Grass, Peeling the Onion (Random House, 432pp; $49.95). ISBN(13): 9781846550621.

Donald Horne, Dying: A Memoir (Penguin, 265pp; $35). ISBN(13): 9780670071029.

Craig Sherborne, Muck (Black Inc., 195pp; $27.95). ISBN(13): 9781863954112.

Philip Roth, Exit Ghost (Random House, 496pp; $49.95). ISBN(13): 9780224081733.

Mario Vargas Llosa, The Bad Girl (Allen & Unwin, 352pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9780571239337.

Mario Vargas Llosa, Touchstones (Allen & Unwin, 400pp; $59.95). ISBN(13): 9780571214990.

Bruce Beresford, Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants to Do This: True Stories from a Life in the Screen Trade (Harper Collins, 320pp; $40). ISBN(13): 9780732284398.

Barbara Angell, The Coral Browne Story: Theatrical Life and Times of a Lustrous Australian (Angell Productions, 242pp; $35). ISBN(13): 9780646473222.

Gideon Haigh, The Green and Golden Age: Writings on Australian Cricket Today (Black Inc., 272pp; $32). ISBN(13): 9781863954167.

Kaz Cooke, Girl Stuff (Penguin, 564pp; $39.95). ISBN(13): 9780670028870.

Cameron Forbes, Under The Volcano: The Story of Bali (Black Inc., 304pp; $32.95). ISBN(13): 9781863954099.

Gerald Stone, Who Killed Channel 9? (Macmillan, 304pp; $45). ISBN(13): 9781405038157.

Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen, John Winston Howard: The Definitive Biography (Melbourne University Press, 432pp; $49.95). ISBN(13): 9780522853346.

William Langewiesche, The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor (Penguin, 192pp; $49.95). ISBN(13): 9781846140112.

Tim Weiner, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA (Penguin, 720pp; $35). ISBN(13): 9781846140648.

Rosemary Hill, God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain (Penguin, 624pp; $69.95). ISBN(13): 9780713994995.

Bernard Smith, The Formalesque (Palgrave Macmillan, 135pp; $77). ISBN(13): 9781876832339.

Darleen Bungey, Arthur Boyd: A Life (Allen & Unwin, 576pp; $65). ISBN(13): 9781741149203.

Tina Brown, The Diana Chronicles (Random House, 368pp; $35). ISBN(13): 9781846053122.

Charles Adamson, The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I (Hachette Livre, 480pp; $79.95). ISBN(13): 9780297842620.

Diane Purkiss, The  English Civil War: Papists, Gentlewomen, Soldiers and Witchfinders in the Birth of Modern Britain (HarperCollins, 624pp; $67.95). ISBN(13): 9780465067572.

Mary Beard, The Roman Triumph (Harvard University Press, 448pp; $42.99). ISBN: 0674026136.

Graham Lord, Joan Collins (Hachette Livre, 352pp; $49.95). ISBN(13): 9780752867533.

Helen Mirren, My Life in Pictures and Words (Hachette Livre, 272pp; $49.95). ISBN(13): 9780297851974.

Colleen McCullough, Antony and Cleopatra (Harper Collins, 631pp; $49.99). ISBN(13): 9780732283209.

Robert Harris, The Ghost (Random House, 384pp; $69.95). ISBN(13): 9780091796266.

JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (unabridged; ‘adult' edition), read by Stephen Fry (Bloomsbury, 20 CDs; $199). ISBN(13): 9780747591108.

Homer, The Iliad (unabridged), read by Anton Lesser (Naxos AudioBooks, 13 CDs; $131.95). ISBN(13): 9789626344286.

Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (unabridged), read by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks, 28 CDs; $260.95). ISBN(13): 9789626344422.

Peter Craven

Peter Craven is a literary and culture critic.

Cover: December 2007 - January 2008

December 2007 - January 2008

From the front page

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A gap too far

Despite fine words in response to the latest Closing the Gap report, the PM insists that politicians know best when it comes to the question of recognition

Illustration by Jeff Fisher

Planting hope

A community gardening program is bringing hope to asylum seekers

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Days of future passed: William Gibson’s ‘Agency’

The cyberpunk pioneer’s latest novel continues his examination of the present from the perspective of a post-apocalyptic future


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Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz

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