Australian politics, society & culture


Those of us who live on the island of Australia can’t help but be influenced by its unique landscape.
Issue-driven novels can be supremely powerful. In their books Christos Tsiolkas, Kathryn Heyman and Alexis Wright have deftly tackled the topics of class, migration, climate change and Indigenous affairs.
The Monthly Book for June 2014 is The Claimant by Janette Turner Hospital. Could a Queensland cattle farmer really be heir to the Vanderbilt fortune? That’s the question at the heart of Turner Hospital’s intriguing new novel. Full of twists and turns, this contemporary reworking of the famous Tichborne Claimant
Investigative journalists Bret Christian and Colleen Egan discuss how the suspicion of wrongful sentencing led them on quests to discover the truth behind two mistaken criminal convictions.
Antony Loewenstein’s exposé into vulture capitalism reveals how privatised wars, detention centres and aid programs are fast becoming the first-world norm.
David Vann was 13 when his father committed suicide, while Steve Bisley was raised in the shadow of his father’s post-traumatic stress. They speak with Ian Nichols.
Hannah Kent’s debut novel "Burial Rites" has become an international bestseller, and will soon be made into a movie. She is also a founder of Australian literary journal Kill Your Darlings.
Alison Bechdel is the author of two books telling of growing up gay in a small town. Rabih Alameddine has written about AIDS, Civil War, exile, death and, in An Unnecessary Woman, about living a meaningful life.
As ANZAC ceremony numbers attest, stories of service are among Australia’s most important narratives. This session brings together two novelists who have recently published books about the Second World War.
Rising to prominence with contemporaries and friends Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Christopher Hitchens, Amis has cemented a reputation as a controversial and fearless public commentator.
Louise Doughty is the author of seven novels, most recently the wonderfully creepy Apple Tree Yard.
Alexis Wright is today one of Australia’s most important literary and cultural figures. She is a member of the Waanyi Nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Frank Moorhouse began writing more than five decades ago in 1957, when he was 18. Since then he's won every major national prize.
Chris Womersley's debut novel, "The Low Road", won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. His latest novel is "Cairo".
Jung Chang is the author of Wild Swans, which has sold more than 10 million copies world-wide. Her next book was Mao: The Unknown Story. Here she discusses her latest, Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China
Griffith Review editors Lloyd Jones and Julianne Schultz invited a wild mix of New Zealanders to write about that place over the ditch. Join four writers and editors for a conversation about the complexities of the contemporary Kiwi.
Margaret Drabble and Helen Dunmore are two of England’s most acclaimed novelists who have written about the intricacies and intimacies of the family, and friendships in peace and wartime. Both writers are also well known for writing in other genres.