Books Australia

A sober critic

10 April 2014 1:00 pm

Let’s get one thing straight: gullibility is not a virtue. This simple principle appears to be difficult to grasp for…

Hero and villain

29 March 2014 9:00 am

There is a story told of Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister speaking with his Treasurer, Bill Hayden. It is late…

Hero and villain

27 March 2014 3:00 pm

There is a story told of Gough Whitlam as Prime Minister speaking with his Treasurer, Bill Hayden. It is late…

The new Garnaut Report

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Yes, economics really is a dismal science, if this book is to be believed. Even when things are going right,…

The new Garnaut Report

6 February 2014 3:00 pm

Yes, economics really is a dismal science, if this book is to be believed. Even when things are going right,…

Arthur Phillip: high-minded idealism

Our founding father

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Founding fathers of proud nations are venerated. From an early age, children learn about their achievements and sacrifices. A King…

Arthur Phillip: high-minded idealism

Our founding father

23 January 2014 3:00 pm

Founding fathers of proud nations are venerated. From an early age, children learn about their achievements and sacrifices. A King…

Sound military history

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Scott Fitzgerald once made the famous observation that there are no second acts in American life. Perhaps. But Mike Carlton…

Sound military history

16 January 2014 3:00 pm

Scott Fitzgerald once made the famous observation that there are no second acts in American life. Perhaps. But Mike Carlton…

The persecution of Cory

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Cory Bernardi’s book is a reminder of the traditional values that made Australia and inspired earlier generations to fight for…

The persecution of Cory

9 January 2014 3:00 pm

Cory Bernardi’s book is a reminder of the traditional values that made Australia and inspired earlier generations to fight for…

Our colourful stories

4 January 2014 9:00 am

That’s girt by sea, as in the national anthem. As a title, it fits the overall tone of the book,…

Our colourful stories

3 January 2014 3:00 pm

That’s girt by sea, as in the national anthem. As a title, it fits the overall tone of the book,…

Books of the Year

14 December 2013 9:00 am

We asked friends to tell us what they enjoyed reading in 2013

Books of the Year

12 December 2013 3:00 pm

George Brandis In a year which saw a seemingly endless stream of books of the ‘where the Labor party went…

The way it was

30 November 2013 9:00 am

There is a test in Canberra which applies to the quality of political commentary. It is called the ‘Blue Poles’…

The way it was

28 November 2013 3:00 pm

There is a test in Canberra which applies to the quality of political commentary. It is called the ‘Blue Poles’…

Mining magnate paradox

16 November 2013 9:00 am

In many ways, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has become the likeable face of the Australian mining boom, a self-made billionaire without…

Two cheers for Bowen

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Since I know Speccie readers like a bit of a shock, let me oblige: I think Chris Bowen is a…

Mining magnate paradox

14 November 2013 3:00 pm

In many ways, Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest has become the likeable face of the Australian mining boom, a self-made billionaire without…

Two cheers for Bowen

14 November 2013 3:00 pm

Since I know Speccie readers like a bit of a shock, let me oblige: I think Chris Bowen is a…

The little voice

9 November 2013 9:00 am

Of all the sights of Australia’s long phase of cricket dominance, none was quite so characteristic as Ricky Ponting emerging…

The little voice

7 November 2013 3:00 pm

Of all the sights of Australia’s long phase of cricket dominance, none was quite so characteristic as Ricky Ponting emerging…

Melbourne’s academic ‘Potemkin Village’

2 November 2013 9:00 am

While reading this book I was reminded of the great ‘scandal’ among New York’s intelligentsia in 1982 when the then…

Melbourne’s academic ‘Potemkin Village’

31 October 2013 3:00 pm

While reading this book I was reminded of the great ‘scandal’ among New York’s intelligentsia in 1982 when the then…