Australian Books

Atomic reading

14 May 2022 9:00 am

So you think you know the story of Britain’s notorious atomic tests in Australia? In that respect, the name of…

Presumption of guilt

30 April 2022 9:00 am

The Pell case is a contemporary Australian version of the infamous Dreyfus case in 19th century France and may even…

Blowing in the wind

9 April 2022 9:00 am

He’s still smiling but Scott Morrison might not be after reading this revealing book. If he reads it that is.…

French Kiss-Off

29 January 2022 9:00 am

For decades the purpose of British settlement in New South Wales seemed too obvious to question. The American War of…

Communists down under

15 January 2022 9:00 am

When I was a fifteen-year-old student at Melbourne High School, I tried to join the Communist Party of Australia. One…

Summer books

18 December 2021 9:00 am

2021: grit your teeth and read a good book

Unexplained connection

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Why would an Australian lawyer and historian write a book explaining how the English and American Revolutions produced the American…

Disappointed in the Libs?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

How might the centre-right do better? This is the question that the promising young writer Jake Thrupp has posed; and…

Jesus & the journo

28 August 2021 9:00 am

Greg Sheridan, the foreign editor of the Australian newspaper, is best known for his shrewd analysis of our country and…

Hooray for Hollywood

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Real cities have something else, some individual bony structure under the muck. Los Angeles has Hollywood – and hates it.…

Australian art in the Roaring Twenties

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The only criticism that can be levelled at For the Fallen by Paul Paffen is that it lacks the hard…

Justice betrayed

26 June 2021 9:00 am

It was always an inherently implausible accusation: that Australia’s most senior Catholic prelate had sexually assaulted choir boys after Mass…

Missing chapters

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Between them, Peter van Onselen and Wayne Errington have a wealth of research and writing experience, and their biography of…

In the land of the blind

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Somehow, American culture has got itself into a terrible mess of division and acrimony: elites against mainstream, progressives against conservatives,…

In the trenches

20 February 2021 9:00 am

I can hardly recall a more engaging and uplifting biography than this life of Major-General William Holmes, who was killed…

Queer Teen Craze

30 January 2021 9:00 am

It is remarkable how quickly the cause of transgenderism has moved from being a strange object at the back of…

Xi’s Big Red Book

16 January 2021 9:00 am

As well as micromanaging the lives of 1.4 billion Chinese, Xi Jinping is becoming a prolific author. His latest book,…

Speaking Our Language

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The Australian language is one of the few bonds that still binds together the Australian nation. And, heaven knows, we…

George Pell: Behind Bars

19 December 2020 9:00 am

This is the prison diary that should never have been written because Cardinal George Pell should never have been in…

Summer books

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Bad year, good books

Office boy

12 December 2020 9:00 am

For most of us, going to work means going to an office, to sit at a desk and perform bureaucratic…

In the land of the blind

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Carter William Page, born in 1971, is the former United States Navy officer with personal, business, scholarly and government connections…

Blame game

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Ah, millennials. Golden children of the Digital Age or dysfunctional, over-educated slackers? Bit of both, says Anne Helen Petersen, although…

Born comics die laughing

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Evolutionary theory is primarily about survival but, as Jonathan Silvertown makes clear in this intriguing book,  as well as having…

Portrait of the piss artist as a young man

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Being the son of the revered John Olsen has often been intriguing, and sometimes difficult. Olsen, 92, is arguably Australia’s…