Australian politics, society & culture


Meet the Melburnians keeping Esperanto alive
By Jeff Sparrow
Jonathan Cape; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
A&U Canongate; $27.99
By Linda Jaivin
George Miller and the evolution of Mad Max
By Shane Danielsen
Adapting Kate Grenville’s ‘The Secret River’ for the screen
By Steve Dow
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Punk and gospel influences combine to make the personal political on Algiers’ self-titled debut
By Anwen Crawford
Master perfumer Jonathon Midgley concocts some unusual scents
By Ceridwen Dovey
Did a ’70s soft-rock group predict the future of music?
By Robert Forster
Harvill Secker; $32.99
By Anna Goldsworthy
Verse Chorus Press; $29.95
By Anwen Crawford
A fresh take on horror in David Robert Mitchell’s ‘It Follows’
By Luke Davies
How the television adaptation of ‘Wolf Hall’ transcends the usual Tudor tale
By Benjamin Law
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...
For the 40th anniversary of one of Australia’s worst natural disasters, Sophie Cunningham has written a fascinating history of the event, Warning: The story of Cyclone Tracy. Drawing from eyewitness accounts of those who experienced the devastation...
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...
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...