Australian politics, society & culture


Cover of White Sands
Text Publishing; $32.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Nir Baram’s novel Good People has sold 35,000 copies in Israel, and translation rights have sold in 14 languages. It was nominated by a leading Dutch newspaper as one of the top 50 books of the past five years. Good People is the story of Thomas Heiselberg, a Berliner, and Sasha Weissberg in
Joan London writes luminous novels and short stories that address life’s great concerns. Gilgamesh, The Good Parents and The Golden Age provide rich character studies. Join this award-winning, internationally appreciated writer as she discusses her body of work with Tali Lavi at the Melbourne Jewish
Cover of The Healing Party
Black Inc.; $29.99
By Helen Elliott
Cover of Unnecessary Wars
NewSouth Publishing; $29.99
By Mark McKenna
Scaling the IVF mountain in Julia Leigh’s ‘Avalanche’
By Anna Goldsworthy
Helen Garner and Anne Manne have written on some of the darkest aspects of the human experience: murder, violence against children, and the contemporary culture of narcissism. In conversation with Ramona Koval for La Trobe University’s Ideas and Society program, they discuss why they are drawn to these topics and
Picador; $29.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Adrian McKinty
Jonathan Franzen
An interview with Jonathan Franzen
By Richard Cooke
Jennifer Clement is a writer and the current president of PEN International. A past president of PEN Mexico, her work there was on disappeared and killed journalists. For her novel Prayers for the Stolen, Clement spent many years researching the abduction of young girls. Her earlier books include A True Story Based on
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of the think tank New America, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, and the author of seven books. In 2012, she wrote the controversial Atlantic cover story ‘Why Women Still Can’t Have It All’.   Her latest book is
Kerry O’Brien’s Keating is as close to a memoir or autobiography of Paul Keating as we will ever get.   Join O’Brien and Laura Tingle at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2016 as they discuss the conversations between one of Australia’s most intriguing public figures and the country’s most influential political
There is perhaps no recent book that has polarised audiences the way Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things has. This audacious novel, which won the 2016 Stella Prize, tells the story of a group of women who are kidnapped and held in a remote location as a punishment for their perceived improprieties.
With Fates and Furies, American author Lauren Groff has written a masterpiece of a novel that tells the story of the hugely successful marriage of Lotto and Mathilde – tall, glamorous and madly in love. Richly evoked and wonderfully plotted, this chronicle of a 24-year marriage reveals not only that every story has
Can writing be taught? Or are writers born, not made?    Bill Manhire is the creative force behind the distinguished IIML creative writing program as well as a celebrated poet. Max Porter is an editor with Granta & Portobello Books who has recently seen one of his writers win the Man Booker
Adventurer, scholar and writer Simon Winchester follows his magisterial tome Atlantic with the aptly named Pacific: The Ocean of the Future. It covers silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world’s superpowers. Only
In her new biography Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, Laura Thompson takes us inside one of the 20th century’s most fascinating families. With Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society, Robert Wainwright tells the story of the vivacious Sheila Chisholm.   These two