Australian politics, society & culture


The slash pile
By Linda Jaivin
Kreutzer Sonata (1901), René François Xavier Prinet
The devil’s instrument
By Sheila Fitzpatrick
Madeleine: The life of Madeleine St John, Helen Trinca, Text Publishing; $32.99
By Helen Trinca
By Catherine Ford
‘The Return to Nazareth from Egypt’ (1734), Francesco Conti
JM Coetzee’s ‘The Childhood of Jesus’
By Craig Sherborne
Martin Street, East Geelong. © Ian Kenins
‘The Words That Made Australia’
By James Button
Anna Funder © Marco Del Grande/Fairfax Syndication
Anna Funder finds her feet in Brooklyn
By Peter Conrad
By Robyn Annear
After our daughter flew out of the country, we took three weeks’ holiday. We’d thought of going to New Zealand but changed our minds. If, in her early weeks away, she should need money, need something, need us, it’d be better that we were close to home. The habit of abiding: it was hard to shake. For the first week we
South Australia. © Dean Sewell
By John Kinsella
JM Coetzee, Cape Town, 1991. Image supplied
JC Kannemeyer’s ‘JM Coetzee: A Life in Writing’
By Alexandra Coghlan
An abandoned cafe in the asbestos-riddled ghost town of Wittenoom, WA. Wikimedia Commons
Mining literature
By Malcolm Knox
'The Voyage', Murray Bail, Text; $29.99
Murray Bail's 'The Voyage'
By John Banville
The Museum of Innocence, Istanbul. © Tolga Bozoglu/Corbis
Visiting Orhan Pamuk’s 'Museum of Innocence'
By Alexandra Coghlan
By Frank Moorhouse
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Helen Garner
Emily Perkins. © Jessie Casson
Emily Perkins’ 'The Forrests'
By Michelle de Kretser