Australian Book Review, January-February 2021, no. 428

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ABR January–February 2021 LETTERS

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Michael Halliwell, Antoinette Halloran, Ben Brooker, Helen Balzer, Katherine Vowles, Hayley Smith, Lara Stevens, Judith Thomas, Daniel Howard

POLITICS

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Jon Piccini

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Kieran Pender

The Truth of the Palace Letters by Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston and The Palace Letters by Jenny Hocking A Secret Australia, edited by Felicity Ruby and Peter Cronau

HISTORY

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Sheila Fitzpatrick Andrew West Luke Stegemann David Wells

The Last Million by David Nasaw When America Stopped Being Great by Nick Bryant The International Brigades by Giles Tremlett Russia Is Burning, edited by Maria Bloshteyn

LAW

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Beejay Silcox

Witness by Louise Milligan

BIOGRAPHY AND MEMOIR

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Timothy J. Lynch Michael Winkler Tim Byrne Ian Britain Barnaby Smith Joshua Black Daniel Seaton Carol Middleton

A Promised Land by Barack Obama Lowitja by Stuart Rintoul Boy on Fire by Mark Mordue Son of the Brush by Tim Olsen Untwisted by Paul Jennings Cathy Goes to Canberra by Cathy McGowan Archie Jackson by David Frith Soar by David McAllister with Amanda Dunn

SOCIETY

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Kim Mahood Adele Dumont Peter Mares

Tjanimaku Tjukurpa by the NPY Women’s Council Fire Flood Plague, edited by Sophie Cunningham Reconnected by Andrew Leigh and Nick Terrell

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The 2021 Shortlist

Danielle Blau, Sara M. Saleh, Jazz Money, Raisa Tolchinsky, and Y.S. Lee

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Michael Halliwell

Wagnerism by Alex Ross

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Tony Birch Josephine Taylor Jane Sullivan Polly Simons Frank Bongiorno Susan Midalia Rose Lucas Naama Grey-Smith Benjamin Chandler Kate Crowcroft

Consolation by Garry Disher Life After Truth by Ceridwen Dovey Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson A Jealous Tide by Anna MacDonald Factory 19 by Dennis Glover The Road to Woop Woop and other stories by Eugen Bacon Mother Tongue by Joyce Kornblatt At the Edge of the Solid World by Daniel Davis Wood Three new Young Adult novels Poly by Paul Dalgarno

INTERVIEW

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Beejay Silcox Louise Milligan

Critic of the Month Open Page

LITERARY STUDIES

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Juliane Roemhild

Only Happiness Here by Gabrielle Carey

ENVIRONMENT

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Rayne Allinson

Living with the Anthropocene edited by Cameron Muir et al.

POETRY

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Luke Beesley Ella Jeffery

New poetry by Jill Jones, Ella Jeffery, and Ken Bolton New poetry by Kate Llewellyn, Benjamin Dodds, and Josephine Clarke

LANGUAGE

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Kate Burridge

Rooted by Amanda Laugesen

PHILOSOPHY

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Shannon Burns Janna Thompson

On Getting Off by Damon Young Time of the Magicians by Wolfram Eilenberger

SCIENCE

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Diane Stubbings

Metazoa by Peter Godfrey-Smith

ARTS

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Richard Leathem Saskia Beudel Ian Dickson Michael Halliwell Christopher Menz

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life Looking Glass: Judy Watson and Yhonnie Scarce The Picture of Dorian Gray Messe De Minuit The Louvre by James Gardner

FROM THE ARCHIVE

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Peter Porter

The Penguin Book of Gay Australian Writing, edited by Graeme Aitken

PORTER PRIZE MUSIC FICTION

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