December 2008 – January 2009
Arts & Letters
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 Tsiolkas, The Slap (Allen & Unwin, 496pp; $32.95).
Tim Winton, Breath (Hamish Hamilton, 224pp; $45).
Murray Bail, The Pages (Text Publishing, 208pp; $34.95).
Kate Grenville, The Lieutenant (Text Publishing, 320pp; $45).
Nam Le, The Boat (Hamish Hamilton, 336pp; $29.95).
Julia Leigh, Disquiet (Hamish Hamilton, 120pp; $29.95).
Toni Morrison, A Mercy (Chatto & Windus, 165pp; $39.95).
John Updike, The Widows of Eastwick (Hamish Hamilton, 320pp; $32.95).
Philip Roth, Indignation (Jonathan Cape, 256pp; $45).
Joyce Carol Oates, My Sister, My Love (Fourth Estate, 576pp; $33).
Chloe Hooper, The Tall Man (Hamish Hamilton, 288pp; $32.95).
Peter Costello, The Costello Memoirs (Melbourne University Publishing, 374pp; $55).
Brian Matthews, Manning Clark: A Life (Allen & Unwin, 450pp; $59.95).
Christina Thompson, Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All (Bloomsbury, 288pp; $29.95).
George Steiner, My Unwritten Books (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 224pp; $40).
Evelyn Juers, House of Exile: The Life and Times of Heinrich Mann and Nelly Kroeger-Mann (Giramondo Publishing, 352pp; $32.95).
Andrea Weiss, In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story (University of Chicago Press, 310pp; import).
Shirley Hazzard and Francis Steegmuller, The Ancient Shore: Dispatches from Naples (University of Chicago Press, 144pp; import).
Penelope Fitzgerald, So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald (Fourth Estate, 624pp; $60).
Manning Clark, Ever, Manning: Selected Letters of Manning Clark, 1938-1991, edited by Roslyn Russell (Allen & Unwin, 576pp; $65).
Dirk Bogarde, Ever, Dirk: The Bogarde Letters (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 536pp; $65).
Sean Connery, Being a Scot (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 312pp; $40).
Roger Moore, My Word is My Bond (HarperCollins, 400pp; $50).
James Davidson, The Greeks and Greek Love: A Radical Reappraisal of Homosexuality in Ancient Greece (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 656pp; $90).
Robert Dessaix, Arabesques (Picador, 320pp; $50).
Graham Freudenberg, Churchill and Australia (Macmillan, 613pp; $55).
Julie Andrews, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 384pp; $35).
Thomas Hischak, The Oxford Companion to the American Musical: Theatre, Film and Television (Oxford University Press; 592pp; $79.95).
Mary Hunter, Mozart's Operas: A Companion (Yale University Press, 354pp; import).
John O'Malley, What Happened at Vatican II (Harvard University Press, 344pp; $45.95).
Don Watson, American Journeys (Knopf, 332pp; $49.95).
Simon Schama, The American Future: A History (Jonathan Cape, 384pp; $35).
Peter Dale Scott, The Road to 9/11: Wealth, Empire and the Future of America (University of California Press, 449pp; import).
Stephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawn (Orbit, 768pp; $30).
Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men (Voyager, 336pp; $33).
Christopher Paolini, Brisingr (Doubleday, 765pp; $34.95).
Candace Bushnell, One Fifth Avenue (Little, Brown, 448pp; $33).
Jeffrey Archer, A Prisoner of Birth (Macmillan, 400pp; $35).
PD James, The Private Patient (Faber, 416pp; $32.95).
John le Carré, A Most Wanted Man (Hodder & Stoughton, 384pp; $33).
Sebastian Faulks, Devil May Care (Michael Joseph, 320pp; $32.95).
Apollonius of Rhodes, Argonautika, translated by Peter Green (University of California Press, 524pp; import).
Vergil, The Aeneid, translated by Sarah Ruden (Yale University Press, 320pp; import).
Robert Adamson, The Golden Bird: New and Selected Poems (Black Inc., 293pp; $27.95).
John Milton, The Essential John Milton, read by Anton Lesser, Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond (Naxos AudioBooks, 8 CDs).
Joseph Conrad, Nostromo (unabridged), read by Nigel Anthony (Naxos AudioBooks, 15 CDs).
William Shakespeare, Othello (abridged), read by Ewan McGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor and cast (Naxos Audiobooks, 2 CDs & 1 DVD).
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice (unabridged), read by Antony Sher and cast (Naxos AudioBooks, 2 CDs).
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John Updike, The Widows of Eastwick (Hamish Hamilton, 320pp; $32....
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