Australian politics, society & culture

Books

Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ was worth the 20-year wait
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Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
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Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself
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Cat Marnell’s ‘How To Murder Your Life’ is an addiction memoir with a difference
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James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
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Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
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Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
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The third volume in ASIO’s official history confirms infiltration by Soviet intelligence
In Zadie Smith’s new novel ‘Swing Time’, identity is always under construction
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JM Coetzee’s ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ is defined by its strangeness
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Celebrated short-story practitioner Joy Williams turns to micro fiction in ‘Ninety-Nine Stories of God’
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Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics
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Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
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Tom Griffiths’ ‘The Art of Time Travel’ is a thoughtful look at some of Australia’s most prominent historians
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Nobel Prize–winning journalist Svetlana Alexievich brings together an extraordinarily diverse group of Russian voices
Scaling the IVF mountain in Julia Leigh’s ‘Avalanche’
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An interview with Jonathan Franzen
Helen Garner’s work collected in ‘Everywhere I Look’

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