culture

American gusto: James Ellroy’s ‘Widespread Panic’

Pimps, peddlers and private eyes populate the latest novel by the ‘L.A. Confidential’ author

‘The Five Wounds’ by Kirstin Valdez Quade

A young down-and-out man in a New Mexico village seeks transcendence in a ceremonial role as Jesus, in this debut novel

Transforming the national imagination: The ‘Dark Emu’ debate

Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe’s ‘Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?’ challenges ideas of progress championed by Bruce Pascoe

To be free

The Booker Prize–winning author on the need to write against the dogmas of conformity

‘Building for Hope’ by Marwa al-Sabouni

The Syrian architect and writer makes a case for war being a consequence of modern architecture destroying the social fabric

‘Secrets of Happiness’ by Joan Silber

The American author’s Austenesque latest novel, a collage of short stories, traces the common pursuit of happiness through love and money

Grand designs: ‘Real Estate’

Deborah Levy’s latest ‘living autobiography’ finds her travelling and contemplating home, family and art’s revolutionary potential

Shifting ground

Indigenous writing in Australia is far from uniform, and is all the richer for it

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

‘Fury’ by Kathryn Heyman

With stripped-down eloquence, the Australian novelist delivers a raging memoir about her rape as a teenager