Australian politics, society & culture

Books

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
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Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
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Jonathan Cape; $32.99
By Stephanie Bishop
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Detained asylum seekers tell their own stories in ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’
By Maria Tumarkin
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Trans. Megan McDowell; Oneworld; $19.99
By Helen Elliott
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Jessa Crispin’s ‘Why I Am Not a Feminist’ demands a dismantling of mainstream feminism … and the system itself
By Stephanie Bishop
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Fourth Estate; $39.99
By Helen Elliott
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Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Kevin Rabalais
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Cat Marnell’s ‘How To Murder Your Life’ is an addiction memoir with a difference
By Jenny Valentish
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James Boyce’s ‘Losing Streak’ investigates how one family came to rule the state’s poker-machine industry
By Amanda Lohrey
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The State Library of Victoria has acquired one of Australia’s finest collections of literary papers
By Thornton McCamish
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Allen Lane; $45
By Michael Lucy
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Jonathan Cape; $32.99
By Kevin Rabalais
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Mark McKenna’s ‘From the Edge’ tells four fascinating stories of Aboriginal and settler interaction through the history of place
By Frank Bongiorno
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Emily Witt’s ‘Future Sex’ and Sheila Rowbotham’s ‘Rebel Crossings’ approach the concept of free love from different perspectives
By Anwen Crawford
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What does the deluge of political biography and memoir say about politicians and readers?
By Mark McKenna
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The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
By David Marr

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