Australian politics, society & culture


Trans. Penny Hueston; Text Publishing; $24.99
By Helen Elliott
Cover of On the Java Ridge
Jock Serong’s ‘On the Java Ridge’ shows us a world our politicians would prefer we didn’t see
By Elle Hardy
Briohny Doyle’s ‘Adult Fantasy’ looks at the increasingly blurred definition of adulthood in the 21st century
By Marta Skrabacz
Robert Dessaix’s ‘The Pleasures of Leisure’ is a 21st-century defence of idleness
By Helen Elliott
On Cory Taylor and her classic novel
By Benjamin Law
Black Inc.; $29.99
By Frank Bongiorno
Bloomsbury; $18.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Ministry of Utmost Happiness’ was worth the 20-year wait
By Helen Elliott
Meet the team behind the Macquarie Dictionary
By Darryn King
Rachel Seiffert’s ‘A Boy in Winter’ chronicles the physical and psychological brutality of war from multiple perspectives
By Kevin Rabalais
John Safran explores the human tangles of belief and identity
By Oscar Schwartz
Cover of Men Without Women
Harvill Secker; $35
By Stephanie Bishop
Cover of Anything Is Possible
Viking; $29.99
By Helen Elliott
‘The Gulf’ explores the family dynamics of abuse and its effects on children
By Alison Croggon
Joan Didion’s ‘South and West’ only scratches at the surface of America’s complex Southern states
By Elle Hardy
Oil, money, murder and the birth of the FBI
By Elle Hardy
Cover of Exit West
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
Cover of The Idiot
Jonathan Cape; $32.99
By Stephanie Bishop