September 2019

The Nation Reviewed

On the beaches

By Drew Rooke
Luke Cornish’s Border Force mural at Bondi Beach comes under attack

Drew Rooke

Drew Rooke is a journalist and the author of One Last Spin: The Power and Peril of the Pokies.

September 2019 edition cover

September 2019

From the front page

There is no planet B

#ClimateStrike’s calls for action gain momentum

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‘The Godmother’ by Hannelore Cayre

A sardonic French bestseller about a godmother, in the organised crime sense of the word

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Interplanetary, mostly ordinary: James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’

Brad Pitt’s interstellar family-therapy odyssey struggles with earthbound sentiment

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Losing yourself

How can we be transformed by music if online platforms mean we will always remain ourselves?


In This Issue

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Graham Freudenberg’s time

The passing of Labor’s great speechwriter highlights the party’s absence of a clear rationale

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‘Lambs of God’

Director Jeffrey Walker blends ripe melodrama and Gothic thriller in his TV series about three wayward nuns

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The Newcastle trial of Graeme Lawrence

The second most senior churchman in Australia to be found guilty of child sexual abuse

‘Here Until August’

‘Here Until August’ by Josephine Rowe

The Australian author’s second short-story collection focuses on the precipice of change rather than its culmination


More in The Nation Reviewed

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The Newcastle trial of Graeme Lawrence

The second most senior churchman in Australia to be found guilty of child sexual abuse

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Spiralling admissions

Victoria’s royal commission hears stories of a dysfunctional, under-resourced mental health system

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Safety net

The security business partnering with domestic violence services to help women and children escape abuse

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Surf and turfed

The Australian surfers battling Chinese developers in Fiji


Read on

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Interplanetary, mostly ordinary: James Gray’s ‘Ad Astra’

Brad Pitt’s interstellar family-therapy odyssey struggles with earthbound sentiment

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‘Here We Are’ at the Art Gallery of NSW

An opportunity for rethinking the position of women in contemporary art

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How good is Gladys Liu?

Scott Morrison ducks and weaves questions about the embattled MP

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Venice International Film Festival 2019

Théo Court’s masterful ‘Blanco en Blanco’ is a bright point in a largely lacklustre line-up


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