Australian politics, society & culture


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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
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By Linda Jaivin
Jonathan Cape; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
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By Anwen Crawford
Harvill Secker; $32.99
By Anna Goldsworthy
David Malouf’s extraordinary musings on life and art
By David Marr
Julia Gillard was sworn in as the 27th prime minister of Australia on 24 June 2010 and served in that office until June 2013. She was the first woman to serve as Australia’s prime minister. Her memoir, My Story, is a fascinating account of her time in office and the life she is now making for herself as a professor
Set in a polio clinic in Perth in 1954, The Golden Age tells the story of 13-year-old Frank Gold, his parents and his fellow patients. Told with Joan London’s quiet grace and exquisite prose, the novel is a triumphant story about love. Join her in conversation with Steven Gale at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2015.
Is it possible that the world’s songbirds all come from Australia? Yes, according to biologist Tim Low in his fascinating ornithological history of Australia, Where Song Began. Low’s wonderfully readable book literally turns the map upside down and makes a compelling case for the origin of birds in the antipodes. Join
With his new book, Born Bad, historian James Boyce has turned his mind to the history of original sin. What Boyce discovers is a legacy of guilt that shadows us in the West even today – and not the guilt of doing wrong, but of being wrong. Join this controversial thinker in conversation with Dee Michell at Adelaide
With the publication of her debut novel Past the Shallows, Favel Parrett established herself as a major talent. In When the Night Comes, Parrett has again written a wonderfully evocative Tasmanian summer set against a harsh Antarctica. This time she tells the story of a family recently decamped from the mainland, one