Australian politics, society & culture


Cover of The Healing Party
Black Inc.; $29.99
By Helen Elliott
Cover of Unnecessary Wars
NewSouth Publishing; $29.99
By Mark McKenna
Dragon circa 700s
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, until 10 July 2016
By Julie Ewington
Beyoncé in Lemonade
Beyoncé’s powerful ‘Lemonade’
By Anwen Crawford
Still from Hunt for the Wilderpeople
The Kiwi charm of Taika Waititi’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’
By Luke Davies
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
Taking ‘Stories I Want to Tell You in Person’ to India
By Lally Katz
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Adrian McKinty
Batman v. Superman
‘Batman v. Superman’ v. the internet
By Waleed Aly and Scott Stephens
Conscious Sleep by Chiharu Shiota
The 20th Biennale of Sydney
By Julie Ewington
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