Books

Adhocism, by Charles Jencks - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

Here, for time travellers, is the whack-job spirit of ’68 in distillate form, paperbound and reissued in facsimile (with some…

Foreign Policy Begins at Home, by Richard N. Haass - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

A year or so after the ‘liberation’ of Iraq, an unnamed senior Bush administration official (later revealed to be Karl…

Against Their Will, by Allen M. Hornblum - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

After the Morecambe Bay Hospital scandal a new era opens of compassion, -whistle-blowing, naming names and possible prosecutions. But what…

Dark Actors, by Robert Lewis - review

6 July 2013 9:00 am

No book about Dr David Kelly could start anywhere other than at the end. Kelly is found, dead, in a…

Jane Gardam on Barbara Comyns - essay

6 July 2013 9:00 am

The Vet’s Daughter is Barbara Comyns’s fourth and most startling novel. Written in 1959 when she was 50 it is…

A walking contradiction

27 June 2013 1:00 pm

Nick Greiner: A Political Biography By Ian Hancock Connor Court, $59.95, pp 480 ISBN 9781922168542 Ian Hancock has, in recent…

Reasons to be angry

20 June 2013 1:00 pm

As a teenager in the 1980s I liked Jimmy Connors. This meant parking my not inconsiderable jealousy that he’d once…

The end of separatism

15 June 2013 6:00 pm

In Black & White: Australians All At The Crossroads Editors: Rhonda Craven, Anthony Dillon, Nigel Parbury Connor Court, $29.95, pp…

Tony Abbott

One-sided story

25 May 2013 6:00 pm

Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott By David Marr Black Inc, $19.95, pp 208 ISBN 978186355980 If there is…

All our Yesterdays

23 May 2013 1:00 pm

Too many Beatles books? In my house there’s always room for one more, and this week’s addition is All Together…

The Beatles

All our Yesterdays

23 May 2013 1:00 pm

Too many Beatles books? In my house there’s always room for one more, and this week’s addition is All Together…

Terra nullius

11 May 2013 6:00 pm

For many people these days, exploration means peeking into some of the more unusual corners of the internet. This massive…

The lady means business

4 May 2013 6:00 pm

Gina Rinehart: The Untold Story of the Richest Woman in the World By Adele Ferguson PanMacmillan, $34.99, pp 490 ISBN…

Progress and its critics

27 April 2013 6:00 pm

The Lucky Culture and the Rise of an Australian Ruling Class By Nick Cater HarperCollins, $29.99, pp 309 ISBN 9781743098134…

Not so serenissima

25 April 2013 1:00 pm

Master your disappointment. The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice (Hale, £9.99) is as far from the fantasy-relocation genre…

Not so serenissima

25 April 2013 1:00 pm

Master your disappointment. The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice (Hale, £9.99) is as far from the fantasy-relocation genre…

Hunting for bogeymen

20 April 2013 6:00 pm

Somewhere along the line, belief in climate change became something like a religion, complete with high priests and searches for…

Byronic intensity

18 April 2013 1:00 pm

A year before he died from emphysema in 1990, the composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein agreed to be interviewed by the music…

Byronic intensity

18 April 2013 1:00 pm

A year before he died from emphysema in 1990, the composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein agreed to be interviewed by the music…

Coming attractions

6 April 2013 7:00 pm

It appears inevitable that the Coalition will win the federal election to be held later this year. What can we…

On the snail trail

4 April 2013 2:00 pm

Snails are supposed to hate eggshells. Not the ones in Ruth Brooks’s garden. They clamber over the barrier as though…

On the snail trail

4 April 2013 2:00 pm

Snails are supposed to hate eggshells. Not the ones in Ruth Brooks’s garden. They clamber over the barrier as though…

Talk is cheap

30 March 2013 7:00 pm

The Rise of the Fifth Estate: Social Media and Blogging in Australian Politics By Greg Jericho Scribe, $29.95, pp 313…

Evil under the sun

28 March 2013 2:00 pm

The plot of The Quickening (Arrow/ Hammer, £9.99) by Julie Myerson (pictured) revolves around pregnant, newlywed Rachel and her sinister…

Evil under the sun

28 March 2013 2:00 pm

The plot of The Quickening (Arrow/ Hammer, £9.99) by Julie Myerson (pictured) revolves around pregnant, newlywed Rachel and her sinister…