Books Australia

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…

Year of Ferrari

20 January 2018 9:00 am

2017 was of course the year of Ferrari, as one of the most recognised luxury brands on the planet celebrated…

Books of 2017 – reviewed

16 December 2017 9:00 am

When we look back at 2017 we will probably remember it as a year of minor issues that turned into…

Fame of Hall

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Anne Watson’s book underlines the truth that in order to praise Jørn Utzon, whose architectural vision created the concept of…

A revolutionary act

21 October 2017 9:00 am

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. Whilst this quote is often attributed to…

Warriors for liberty

14 October 2017 9:00 am

It is sobering if not downright depressing to be reviewing two new books whose authors can be described as warriors…

Re-discovering Cook

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Despite an unpleasant resurgence of anti-British, anti-European political correctness, Captain James Cook (1728-1779) remains one of the world’s greatest explorers.…

Ruck ‘n roll

23 September 2017 9:00 am

As every Speccie reader certainly will be aware and no doubt heartily applaud, the game of rugby league was born…

Art of diplomacy

29 July 2017 9:00 am

The language of diplomacy often requires nuance and subtlety. Not infrequently, it needs to be opaque, to enable differing interpretations;…

Diagnosing diversity

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Our Constitution and the debates leading to it make clear our founders assumed citizens would enjoy five great liberal democratic…

Who needs jihad?

17 June 2017 9:00 am

Citizens of New World nations – North and South America, Australia and New Zealand – invariably assume that anyone settling…

Class observation

3 June 2017 9:00 am

A hoicked-up small boy sits astride a yoked-up heavy horse, while three sun-stained men smile at posterity. Hairy hooves press…

Revolving doors

27 May 2017 9:00 am

There is a curious twist in the montage on the cover of Rodney Tiffen’s Disposable Leaders; a detailed treatise on…

Conspiracy theory

8 April 2017 9:00 am

The death of Princess Diana twenty years ago has been the subject of a wealth of conspiracy theories. James Murray’s…

Inbuilt obsolescence

11 February 2017 9:00 am

Once upon a time, Australian politics was known for its stability. Long periods of one party or another in office,…