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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Bad company

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The second wave

Case studies of systemic failure in Victoria’s fight against coronavirus

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Premier league

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The announcement artist

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