Australia

Angourie Rice, who stars in Bruce Beresford’s 2018 film Ladies in Black [Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]

The most uplifting film ever made

26 October 2019 9:00 am

New York   Should art mirror the world as it is, or does an artist fail the public if the…

A decorative pageant that would appeal to civic grandees: The Secret River reviewed

7 September 2019 9:00 am

The Secret River opens in a fertile corner of New South Wales in the early 1800s. William, a cockney pauper…

Credit: Ian Hill

The Australian James Joyce: the novels of Gerald Murnane reviewed

2 February 2019 9:00 am

Gerald Murnane is the kind of writer literary critics adore. His novels have little in the way of plot or…

Douglas Murray: I can’t think of a time when more people have lost their minds

1 September 2018 9:00 am

Whenever I visit a country I try to pitch high and meet the president or prime minister. In Australia this…

The rough, simple and cheerily thick lifeguards of Bondi Rescue. Image: Mojo Down Under

All the good non-fiction that was ever on TV was made by middle-aged men

1 September 2018 9:00 am

All the good non-fiction things that were ever on TV — from Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation to David Attenborough’s Planet Earth…

Australia’s choice: Chinese trade – or American security?

28 July 2018 9:00 am

 Sydney For decades, Australia has been known as ‘the lucky country’. At the end of the world geographically, we are…

Warner and Smith are paying for the sins of a generation of Australian cricket players

7 April 2018 9:00 am

When the much-admired (and very tall) literary agent Gillon Aitken died in October 2016, he left most of his estate…

Cricket’s ball-tampering scandal has been nothing but a tearful pantomime

7 April 2018 9:00 am

I haven’t seen so many men crying since the end of A Tale of Two Cities at the Scala Cinema…

I averted the wrath of the students by telling them I’d had a sex change

31 March 2018 9:00 am

I went to Australia with my constant companion Hilary, the only woman in England I’m not paying alimony to. She…

Peter Carey’s latest novel is a merciless excavation of Australian history

13 January 2018 9:00 am

More than 25 years ago, Peter Carey co-wrote one of the most audacious road movies ever made, Wim Wenders’s Until…

A cure for wanderlust: 23 hours in economy

Spending 23 hours in economy class will cure anyone’s wanderlust

6 January 2018 9:00 am

For some reason, I decided to go to the other side of the world for Christmas. I may never do…

Making sense of an unjust world

26 August 2017 9:00 am

These three timely works of creative nonfiction explore the question of race: chronicling histories of colonialism and migration; examining the…

Big Auntie

12 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s sneaky, the way in which the BBC, so much regarded as part of the family as to be nicknamed…

1967 and all that

29 July 2017 9:00 am

As you may have spotted, the BBC is marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality with an…

Islam’s “barbaric fury”

18 July 2017 7:31 am

Andrew Urban has lived up to his famous namesake, Pope Urban II (1088-1099), in his warnings that evil thrives when…

Above and below: From Robin Dalton’s My Relations: ‘My second cousin, Penelope Wood, is an artist, or at least hopes to be one. She is only 16, but she has done some beautiful little paintings. I have one hanging in my room now. It is a landscape and is one she did when only 12 years old’

When mother killed the plumber — and Nellie Melba came round to sing

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Here’s a pair of little books — one even littler than the other — by Robin Dalton (née Eakin), a…

The Wicked Boy is finally redeemed

30 April 2016 9:00 am

During the heatwave in the summer of 1895, the Gentlemen v. Players match at Lords Cricket Ground on 8 July…

Snakes, kookaburras and bandicoots: a garden in Australia’s rainforest

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When I suggested that I might build a little tin house in the subtropical rainforest of south-east Queensland, I was…

Reasons to be cheerful about cricket, football and the Grand National

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Well the sun is out, the sky is blue, and poor Boris Johnson is taking such a pounding from Matthew…

Two big hitters leave the crease: Brendon McCullum and Hugh McIlvanney

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Two great men have just bowed out from their chosen trades and it is bloody sad. The New Zealand cricket…

Any deal with the junior doctors should cut both ways

13 February 2016 9:00 am

A few months ago, paramedics were on the brink of industrial action. They had legitimate grievances. Ambulance services were being…

The perfect wines to toast the end of the hunting season

13 February 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago, a distinguished cove in the diplomatic service was made High Commissioner to Australia. To prepare himself…

Portrait of the week

21 November 2015 9:00 am

Home After the killings in Paris, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said that seven terrorist attacks on Britain had been…

Tony Abbott is right about immigration - and turning back boats

29 October 2015 9:00 am

For many years, Australia has been turning away boats filled with migrants. From a remove, this looks cold–hearted — a…

Rugby referee Craig Joubert is just the man to sort out Syria

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Not since Walter Palmer, a cudddly Minnesota dentist, put down his drill and vanished off the face of the earth…