Australian politics, society & culture

Books

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Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
By Maria Tumarkin
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Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself
By Stephanie Bishop
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Cat Marnell’s ‘How To Murder Your Life’ is an addiction memoir with a difference
By Jenny Valentish
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James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
By Amanda Lohrey
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Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
By Frank Bongiorno
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Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
By Anwen Crawford
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The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
By David McKnight
In Zadie Smith’s new novel ‘Swing Time’, identity is always under construction
By Helen Elliott
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JM Coetzee’s ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ is defined by its strangeness
By Geordie Williamson
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Celebrated short-story practitioner Joy Williams turns to micro fiction in ‘Ninety-Nine Stories of God’
By Barry Hill
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Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics
By Justin Clemens
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Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
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Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians
By Barry Hill
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Nobel Prize–winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich brings together an extraordinarily diverse group of Russian voices
By Anna Goldsworthy
Scaling the IVF mountain in Julia Leigh’s ‘Avalanche’
By Anna Goldsworthy
Jonathan Franzen
An interview with Jonathan Franzen
By Richard Cooke
Helen Garner’s work collected in ‘Everywhere I Look’
By Anna Goldsworthy
John Blaxland’s ‘The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963–1975’
By David McKnight

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