A Te Aroha cowboy and his secret part in training the 1985 Melbourne Cup winner
By Craig Sherborne
A sweetheart should have made him stay in England, where he came from, should have said to him: “My darling, New Zealand is the other side of the world. I love you. Don’t break my heart and your heart too by going there and dying a failure.” You can...
'Paradise Now'
By Helen Garner
By James Ley
Vikram Seth’s great-uncle and aunt were a mismatched couple. Shanti Seth was a short Hindu dentist with one arm; Hennerle Caro, tall and slender, was a German Jew. This alone suggests the story of how they came to be happily married is likely to be...
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Tim Flannery's wake-up call to the planet
By E.M. Holdsworth
I love going down the freeway in Shanghai and looking up at the apartment buildings … There’s an airconditioner in every residential window, which is fantastic.—Chip Goodyear, August 2005We create CO2 every time we drive a car, cook a meal or turn...
The radiance before the disaster. The indomitable St Petersburgers.
By Justin Clemens
Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 as a “window to the West”, St Petersburg quickly became, according to Alexander Pushkin, “the jewel of the North”. Fyodor Dostoyevsky would later call it “that most abstract and intentional of cities”. By the early...
By Kate Grenville
To an Australian growing up in the sixties, the invention of the stump-jump plough could have seemed our greatest achievement. We were told of the explorers, dogged and dying in search of their inland sea, the convicts, the gold rushes. But unlike...
To understand the place you must first understand the Bundaberg Bear
By John Harms
I watch the Melbourne of my imagination disappear under low clouds. Urbane Melbourne, where conversation matters, where people take an interest in what is going on and have a pride in the culture they inherited and are adding to. It is a place...