Books Australia

Vengeful pygmies

13 July 2019 9:00 am

It says almost everything that needs to be said about Niki Savva’s latest book that its original title was Highway…

Unforgotten person

18 May 2019 9:00 am

A newly-elected Australian Prime Minister was pleased to receive a letter of congratulations from Australia’s longest serving PM, Sir Robert…

Character building

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Having fired off his first challenge in paragraph one (‘Read every word of this book, but don’t believe a word…

Financial eunuch

13 April 2019 9:00 am

Teenagers are normally embarrassed by their mothers. Germaine Greer was particularly so. Elizabeth Kleinhenz in her new biography writes: ‘Germaine…

Into oblivion

6 April 2019 9:00 am

Moribund for about nine years now, Clive James has released his newest transcription of the Grim Reaper’s call. You might…

Unis? Must try harder

30 March 2019 9:00 am

‘I’m a revolutionary Marxist, and if you’re not one by the end of semester I haven’t done my job properly,’…

Undercurrents

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Former Melbourne detective Colin McLaren’s cold case book into the 2009 disappearance of Bob Chappell and the 2010 conviction of…

Leftist wonderland

26 January 2019 9:00 am

Kerry O’Brien in his mammoth memoir argues that his decades of ABC TV presenting were not Left-biased. It’s an easy…

Of the people

12 January 2019 9:00 am

This must be the first occasion when a book on politics, written in Australia, has  been listed among the year’s…

Are you an Innie or an Outie?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

The Institute of Public Affairs infuriates the Left. The IPA’s success in being the public face of centre-right thinking, even…

How The West was run

1 December 2018 9:00 am

There aren’t many histories or biographies written by Australians that sociologists and anthropologists will turn to in the future in…

Australian liberalisms

24 November 2018 9:00 am

David Kemp’s first of five volumes in the history of Australian liberalism, The Land of Dreams, How Australians Won Their…

Flexing China’s muscles

17 November 2018 9:00 am

We live in interesting times. And, according to Taylor, a respected academic from the Australian National University specialising in geopolitics,…

But does it pass the breath, er, pub test?

10 November 2018 9:00 am

Anne Summers in 2011 was named by Vogue magazine as ‘one of the world’s wisest women’. After reading her memoir…

Long march, short book

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Rarely does one have the opportunity to understand the complexities of modern political problems through the lens of an artist.…

Rollicking Ruddick?

13 October 2018 9:00 am

I first saw John Ruddick speak about party reform in 2011 as part of his quixotic run for NSW State…

Disturbing

22 September 2018 9:00 am

‘There was no body. There was no wrench. There was no evidence.’ The first two statements are undoubtedly true. Lawyers…

Misplaced nostalgia

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Michelle Grattan has been a part of the political landscape for nearly a half-century, so when she says that there…

Mysterious ways

4 August 2018 9:00 am

This is Greg Sheridan’s best book because it is his bravest. He tackles an important subject in a challenging way…

Leaving Mangoland

5 May 2018 9:00 am

When Donald Trump was elected President in 2016, irascible US comedian Lewis Black declared angrily that, thanks to that event,…

Oddballs and lefties

21 April 2018 9:00 am

Ah, populism: is it a fulsome democratic expression of giving people what they want or merely join-the-dots fear-mongering? Bit of…

Sober liberal

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Australia has a rich heritage of nineteenth century classical liberalism. But that history has been almost completely lost in the…

Wilder still and wilder

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Hello! Hello! Hello! What have we here? What we have is the new Plant – the sixth – from Michael…

The Fighting Kangaroo

17 February 2018 9:00 am

Jim Eames, an established and respected aviation writer, whose previous credits include The Flying Kangaroo, a history of Qantas, has…

Classic whodunnit

3 February 2018 9:00 am

How many readers know the answer to the question, ‘After the Bible and Shakespeare, who is the biggest selling author…