• The Visionaries

    Jen Webb     |      November 27, 2023

    “The Visionaries” tells the story of four indomitable women who pursued their their own visions of a truly free and open society at a time of brutal authoritarianism and cataclysmic war.

  • Jaw jaw about war, war

    Maria Tumarkin     |      November 18, 2023

    In a world riven by war in Europe and the Middle East, the art of conversation offers people a chance to think as well as communicate what they are thinking, and few people love such conversations more than Rai Gaita.

  • Face to face

    Tyne Daile Sumner     |      November 8, 2023

    New research looks at how the human face is represented in writing from the medieval to contemporary eras, revealing how we have interpreted human emotion over the centuries.

  • The horror, the horror

    Ali Alizadeh     |      November 3, 2023

    Halloween is over for another year, but adult horror fiction can be enjoyed at any time of year, and three new Australian novels – Bunny, Bitters and Blackwater – rank with some of the classics of the genre.

  • Losing a friend

    Adam Gerace     |      November 2, 2023

    It’s as fashionable to denigrate Friends these days as it was to love the show in its heyday, but the death of Matthew Perry has hit many people hard, a reminder that the happier, more carefree times of our youth are over.

  • The other side of George Johnston

    Derham Groves     |      October 30, 2023

    Though little read these days, George Johnston was once one of Australia’s best known writers, and a new book explores his life and writing career, including a series of crime novels penned under the pen name of Shane Martin.

  • Echoes of Louise

    Amy Cannon     |      October 19, 2023

    Literary critics who can only view art through a political lens disdained the late Louise Glück for writing intensely personal poetry, but because of this, rather than despite it, her luminous and fiercely intelligent writing will long outlive her.

  • Do look now

    Gregory Frame     |      October 7, 2023

    Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s supernatural short story and directed by Nicolas Roeg, Don’t Look Now is a moving and tender portrait of marriage and parental grief, as well as a haunting – and occasionally terrifying – horror film.

  • The rise of the ‘virtual influencer’

    Mai Nguyen     |      September 25, 2023

    Just when you thought the world couldn’t possibly get any stupider, AI generated ‘influencers’ are now being used to peddle products to unsuspecting or uncaring social media fans.

  • Chariots of the Gods

    Eva Anagnostou     |      September 23, 2023

    People have been describing unexplainable gleaming objects in the sky for thousands of years, although a recent NASA report concluded there is no evidence suggesting they are of extraterrestrial origin.

  • The X Files turns 30

    Bethan Jones     |      September 19, 2023

    The first episode of The X-Files aired 30 years ago and quickly became part of the cultural lexicon, due to the chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and its mix of monster of the week and alien conspiracy episodes.

  • A haunting in Venice

    Stuart Richards     |      September 16, 2023

    A new cinematic adaption of Agatha Christie’s late novel “A Hallowe’en Party” leans heavily into the gothic with a hint of supernatural terror amping up the murder mystery.