A biography about suffragist Vida Goldstein seeks to reveal her strength and endurance. Sadly, it also reveals how little progress women who seek political power on their terms have made.
Paul Kelly's former manager draws on hundreds of interviews for his biography of the singer.
Kokomo by Victoria Hannan has been touted as a 'millennial novel' – but its search for love and connection are timeless.
The winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin award is a powerful and deeply moving book, unstinting in its depiction of sociopolitical disasters.
The real Hillary Rodham Clinton said yes the third time Bill proposed – in Curtis Sittenfeld's novel, she says no.
The newest novel from the author of The Secret River is an imagined diary, detailing the 'true' story of Elizabeth Macarthur.
Viewing China as an 'enemy' to the West is counterproductive. We need to embrace a new approach that simultaneously 'engages and constrains' China instead.
This year's six shortlisted novels shimmer with relevance.
Felicity Volk's novel Desire Lines traces two families across the 20th century, from the Arctic Circle and to the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.
Famous expats Charmian Clift and George Johnson, Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen provide inspiration for this heady romance. But the shifts between reality and fiction are distracting at times.
A new book, which weaves fiction into the origin story of the Oxford English Dictionary, was declared a hit even before its release. Readers will judge whether it lives up to the hype.
The book is a departure from despair and crippling homophobia. It records the experiences of people who refuse to be hopeless victims.
In his autobiography, Tell Me Why, musician Archie Roach tells the stories of loss, pain and survival behind his songs.
Our public pools are cherished places: just ask 28 Australians for their recollections. But there was a time when not everyone was welcome in the pools.
Stella Prize winner Heather Rose's new novel Bruny catalogues modern geopolitical concerns in a work that crosses satirical, political and family drama genres.
This searing new comics anthology edited by Diane Noomin shows us stories of sexual violence, harassment and – most critically – survival.
Paddy Manning's new book charts the challenges faced by the Greens (and greenies in general) with admirable clarity and detail.
The New York Times reporters who broke the Weinstein story show how lawyers – whether ones who represented him or his victims – enabled the movie mogul's wrongdoing.
The best-selling author of the Tomorrow series is also a teacher and school principal. His new book The Art of Growing Up has many truths on raising children, but also many contradictions.
Each novel in this list is profoundly empathetic, and deeply attuned to contemporary Australia.