Crime fiction’s place-specific exploration of justice seems ideally suited to Indigenous authors wanting to explore historical and contemporary issues.
Across her long political career, Tanya Plibersek has learnt to fight for visionary policies, not merely espouse them.
Many journalists were wrong about the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but Christopher Hitchens never admitted his mistake.
Journalist Shannon Molloy was sexually abused as a child, by another young person. He talks to experts, and to other men who’ve experienced sexual abuse, to make sense of his experience.
A new book illuminates the bold lives of Australian women journalists between 1860 and the end of Word War II – a time when female reporters were ‘almost unheard of’.
Marina Benjamin’s essays investigate the social and philosophical dimensions of housework and ‘femininity’. Maxine Fei-Chung’s book gives an often-harrowing account of eight women who struggle.
The rise of AI raises the complicated question of how we might guide it towards ethical and political ends.
Judy Ryan’s book describes, in meticulous detail, what it took for the Victorian government to trial the state’s first safe injecting facility, through the lens of a local Richmond resident.
Birnam Wood is a novel of depth and complexity, but its depiction of an unscrupulous billionaire is also refreshingly unsubtle.
A new book argues that sanctions are a bad idea in principle, not very effective in practice, and often have unintended consequences.
A new book argues the war against Ukraine is an escalation of an ongoing hybrid war of ‘Russia’ against ‘the West’ – and that only ‘real and credible force’ will make Putin step back from aggression.
Kate Legge’s husband was chronically unfaithful. So was his father, who was forced to leave the family home after revealing his mother’s affair. Legge reflects on generational love and infidelity.
D.H. Lawrence is a writer who provokes adoration or loathing, depending on one’s taste, politics and patience. How reliable is he as a guide to life?
Victory City marks a return for Rushdie, who has not set a novel substantially on the Indian subcontinent for over a decade.
To read a “memoir” by Janet Malcolm is to enter a realm where the very idea of memoir will be treated with mistrust.
Paul Dalgarno’s latest novel is a meditation on the sorrows that rip a family apart and a celebration of the love that threads it back together.
With euthanasia laws proliferating around the world, Caitlin Mahar’s The Good Death Through Time is a valuable exploration of the history of our shifting views on dying well.
Set in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, Shirley switches between psychological realism and playful satire.
With the disastrous effects of climate change already upon us, past events may have lessons for the future.
Prince Harry’s long-awaited memoir tells a story of a troubled young man, traumatised by the death of his mother when he was just 12. And a man, closer to his 40s, who remains angry and anxious.