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True Islam

Each new Islamic terrorist atrocity is denounced by western leaders such as our Prime Minister as a ‘twisted’ or ‘perverted’…

24 Jun 2017

Men of violence

Almost every other Aboriginal woman I know has been subject to family violence. It is in fact rare for an…

24 Jun 2017

Reinventing energy policy

While the Liberal party tears itself apart over whether a Clean Energy Target as proposed by the Finkel report delivered…

24 Jun 2017

Thou shalt not steal the truth

On 11 May 2017, under the auspices of Dialogue4Peace, I, together with Egyptian Copt, Nadia Ghali, were the main speakers…

24 Jun 2017

Time bandits

‘Oooooo,’ coos the middle-aged box office lady with a wink, as I pick up my tickets to the World Science…

So it’s all about the, er, settlements then?

There has long been a conventional wisdom in some foreign policy circles that runs like this: solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict…

17 Jun 2017

Excuse me, your cognitive dissonance is showing

On June 5 in Brighton, Melbourne, at a spot I have driven past countless times, there was a terrorist incident.…

17 Jun 2017

Business/Robbery etc

The foxes have already been let into the henhouse. Led by the nastiest fox of all, the thuggish, serial law-breaker…

17 Jun 2017

Andrew Nicholl A distant view of Derry through a bank of wild flowers

Last week came the welcome announcement of the State Government’s funding of the major extension, indeed doubling, of the exhibition…

24 Jun 2017

Tom Conroy as Winston Smith

‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.’ That is the arresting opening line…

17 Jun 2017

A N Wilson and Resolution

A sold-out session at the Sydney Writers’ Festival was an indication of public interest in the writer, A. N. Wilson,…

10 Jun 2017

Jun Chen Grey Red 2017

At the age of 30, Jun Chen arrived in Australia post Tianamen Square. He settled in Brisbane where his first…

3 Jun 2017

The turf

Back on the political beat with CNN for the general election, I was reminded how politics is now dominated by…

24 Jun 2017

High life

A famous epigrammatic nugget of wisdom appears in The Leopard, Lampedusa’s great novel about a noble Sicilian family’s fortunes: ‘If…

24 Jun 2017

Low life

‘Yours?’ I said to the woman watching the mechanic poring over the latest-shape Renault Mégane for faults. (I was waiting…

24 Jun 2017

Real life

All had gone suspiciously quiet down our little track on the village green, and we had begun to think we…

24 Jun 2017

Pakistan and the power of redemption

The Pakistan supporter was festooned in cream and green, and carried a chalkboard round his neck with the legend: ‘My…

24 Jun 2017

Panic of the playwrights

Earlier this week the Guardian launched ‘Brexit Shorts’, a series of monologues written by Britain’s ‘leading playwrights’ about the aftermath…

24 Jun 2017

Verse and worse

Molly Brodak, a fair, young Polish-American born in Michigan, is a winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Iowa: that hotbed…

24 Jun 2017

The disgrace of the British left

Giles Udy did not start out with the intention of writing this book. He was in Russia about 15 years…

24 Jun 2017

Blood and bling

There must be any number of self-respecting gemmologists out there on first-name terms with other diamonds, but for most of…

24 Jun 2017

The evil that men do

Early one summer’s morning in 1994, Paul Jennings Hill, a defrocked Presbyterian minister, gunned down a doctor, John Britton, as…

24 Jun 2017

Do we give a hoot?

‘There is room for a very interesting work,’ Gibbon observed in a footnote, ‘which should lay open the connection between…

24 Jun 2017

She-devils on horseback

Rumour will run wild about a society of warrior women, somehow free from the world of men. We all feel…

24 Jun 2017

Another gone girl

Adam Thorpe’s latest novel, Missing Fay, examines the lives of a disparate group of people in Lincolnshire, all touched in…

24 Jun 2017

Borne back ceaselessly into the past

‘I do not like the idea of the biographical book,’ F. Scott Fitzgerald told his editor Max Perkins in 1936.…

24 Jun 2017

Patience on a monument

As a food writer Patience Gray (1917–2005) merits shelf-space with M.F.K. Fisher, Elizabeth David and Jane Grigson. Fleeing from the…

24 Jun 2017

The greatest survival story

This is the story of a 16th-century Portuguese knight and mariner who survived alone on a lump of volcanic rock…

24 Jun 2017

A policeman’s lot

Described by the publisher as a ‘moving and personal account of what it is to be a police officer today’,…

24 Jun 2017

A barren prospect

In many ways this is a very old-fashioned novel. Jerome is 53, and a lacklustre professor at Columbia; his wife,…

24 Jun 2017