culture

‘Jack’ by Marilynne Robinson

History and suffering matter in the latest instalment of the American author’s Gilead novels

Shirley Hazzard’s wider world

The celebrated Australian author’s ‘Collected Stories’ sets private desperation in the cosmopolitan Europe she revered

Dividing the Tasman: ‘Empire and the Making of Native Title’

Historian Bain Attwood examines the different approaches to sovereignty in the New Zealand and Australian settlements

Cancel the woke: ‘Cynical Theories’

Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay attack ‘wokeism’ with a reductive account of its theoretical underpinnings

Towards redemption: Sofie Laguna’s ‘Infinite Splendours’

The Miles Franklin–winning author’s latest novel is an invasive, challenging story of child abuse and its repercussions

‘The Living Sea of Waking Dreams’ by Richard Flanagan

The Booker Prize winner’s allegorical new novel about the permanence of loss

Me versus we: ‘The Upswing’

Rebuilding a more egalitarian, altruistic and communitarian society without sacrificing individual liberties

Now, then: Yanis Varoufakis’s ‘Another Now’

The economist and author’s alternative future asks clarifying questions about the present

‘A New Britannia’ turns 50

Humphrey McQueen’s influential book questioned the nation-building myths of the time

Character study: Craig Silvey on ‘Honeybee’

The author’s first novel since ‘Jasper Jones’ raises questions about who should tell contemporary trans stories

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