May 2021

Noted
by Helen Elliott

‘Fury’ by Kathryn Heyman
With stripped-down eloquence, the Australian novelist delivers a raging memoir about her rape as a teenager

Helen Elliott
Helen Elliott is a literary journalist and writer.

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In This Issue

Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

How to lose her voice

On testimonial injustice and the ways women are silenced

Image of Question Time at Parliament House, December 9, 2020.

From Abbott to Zumbo

A short history of the Coalition’s ‘women problem’

Image of artwork by Sarah Goffman

Ill-informed consent

How piecemeal relationship and sexuality education is failing our schoolchildren

Image of “Man working” (Rufus Wilton), Nepabunna, circa 1930

Sole of a nation

The untold Aboriginal history of the R.M. Williams boot


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Still from Ema

Dance dance revolution: ‘Ema’

Pablo Larrain’s beguiling, difficult film seeks to understand an impenetrable anti-heroine for whom the city is a dancefloor

The era of Xi Jinping

On the China Dream and the guiding ideology of Xi Jinping

Still from Shane Meadows’ ‘The Virtues’

Vice grip: ‘The Virtues’

Shane Meadows’ astonishing series stems from a late reckoning with his own childhood abuse

Cover image of ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

Body language: ‘The Three Burials of Lotty Kneen’

Echoing folktales and fables, Krissy Kneen’s memoir contemplates the body’s visceral knowledge of inherited trauma