Australian politics, society & culture


Random House; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
‘The Complete Works of Primo Levi’ reveals the Holocaust memoirist’s extraordinary breadth
By Ramon Glazov
“As you know, meat was scarce, and my wife thought it a shame to throw all the test animals into the incinerator. So every once in a while we would have a taste of one or another: several guinea pigs, a few rabbits; dogs and monkeys no, never.” The setting for Primo Levi’s story ‘Versamine’ (1965) is a
Stories of South Sudan from Traralgon
By Arnold Zable
Man Booker-shortlisted author Deborah Levy speaks with philosopher Damon Young about her work. Deborah Levy is the author of Swimming Home, one of the New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2012. Her new anthology of short stories is Black Vodka.
Trans. Donald Barry and Stephen Muecke; Reaktion Books; $40
By Amanda Lohrey
The live storytelling smash hit 5 x 15 returns to the Sydney Writers’ Festival with another dazzling line-up. Working without scripts, the five speakers have just 15 minutes apiece.   In this excerpt, crime writer Michael Connelly, creator of the bestselling Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller series,
Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Award, Evie Wyld’s All the Birds, Singing is a haunting, witty and intricately layered work. Wyld’s second novel follows a shearer called Jake as she runs away from an unknown past with her loyal dog. The Australian’s chief literary critic, Geordie Williamson, sits
HarperCollins; $29.99
By Brenda Walker
Scribe; $27.99
By Helen Elliott
The literary comic novel and Steve Toltz’s ‘Quicksand’
By Richard Cooke
The author of ‘This House of Grief’ and ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ on writing about darkness
By Helen Garner
A&U Canongate; $27.99
By Linda Jaivin
Jonathan Cape; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
Verse Chorus Press; $29.95
By Anwen Crawford
Harvill Secker; $32.99
By Anna Goldsworthy