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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... no. 428 January–February 2021 of Australian Book Review est. 1961 Australian Book Review
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'Welcome to our summer issue – the first of 2021. On our cover is Peter Porter, to complement the five poems shortlisted in the 2021 Porter Prize. This year’s shortlist is wonderfully diverse, with poets from Australia, Canada and the United States. Elsewhere, Jon Piccini reviews two very different readings of the Palace Letters. Timothy J. Lynch lauds Barack Obama’s memoirs as the best presidential memoirs since Ulysses S. Grant’s, but notes a certain elephant in the room – Donald Trump and the spectre of Trumpism. Louise Milligan is our Open Page guest this month, and Beejay Silcox reviews Milligan’s new book, Witness, a searing account of the brutal cost of seeking justice in this country – especially for witnesses. Tim Byrne considers the early, rambunctious years of Nick Cave. We also review new novels by Garry Disher, Ceridwen Dovey, Dennis Glover and Anna MacDonald.' (Publication abstract)


* Contents derived from the 2021 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
An Endless Tussle with the Past :Two Different Readings of the Palace Letters, Jon Piccini , single work review
— Review of The Palace Letters Jenny Hocking , 2020 single work prose biography ;
'In April 2011, the landmark High Court victory of four elderly Kenyans revealed a dark episode in British colonial history. Between 1952 and 1960, barbaric practices, including forced removal and torture, were widely employed against ‘Mau Mau’ rebels, real or imagined. Upon the granting of independence in 1963, thousands of files documenting such atrocities were ‘retained’ by the British authorities, eventually coming to rest in the vast, secret Foreign and Commonwealth Office archives at Hanslope Park. Now a small portion of that archive was opened to scrutiny, and a tiny ray of light shone on one of history’s greatest cover-ups.' (Introduction)
(p. 9-10)
Tjanima’s Story : A Parable of Redemption through Family, Kim Mahood , single work review
— Review of Tjanimaku Tjukurpa : How One Young Man Came Good Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunjtjatjara Women's Council , 2020 single work short story ;
(p. 20)
‘The Rock Who Steadied Us’ : A Leader of Transcendent Warmth, Michael Winkler , single work review
— Review of Lowitja : The Authorised Biography of Lowitja O'Donoghue Stuart Rintoul , 2020 single work biography ;
'In Recollections of a Bleeding Heart (2002), Don Watson wrote that Lowitja O’Donoghue ‘seemed then and has seemed ever since to be a person of such transcendent warmth, if Australians ever got to know her they would want her as their Queen’. Robert Manne, in the first-ever Quarterly Essay (2001), portrayed her as ‘a woman of scrupulous honesty and great beauty of soul’. These qualities gleam in Stuart Rintoul’s handsomely produced biography.' (Introduction)
(p. 22-23)
A Poetics of Fo(u)rgettingi"I forget tradition, a tray of sticky dates passed around the kitchen table, bismillah", Sara Saleh , single work poetry (p. 25)
Bila, a River Cyclei"this is what became of the river", Jazz Money , single work poetry
'this is what became of the river
who rose up
            and called them-self human'
(p. 26-27)
Immortality on His Mind : A Reductive Study of the Young Nick Cave, Tim Byrne , single work review
— Review of Boy on Fire : The Young Nick Cave Mark Mordue , 2020 single work biography ;
(p. 32-33)
Swashbuckler and Son : Tim Olsen’s Matey, Meaty Memoir, Ian Britain , single work review
— Review of Son of the Brush : A Memoir Tim Olsen , 2020 single work autobiography ;
(p. 34)
Winning the Lottery : Paul Jennings’s Unusual New Memoir, Barnaby Smith , single work review
— Review of Untwisted : The Story of My Life Paul Jennings , 2020 single work autobiography ;
(p. 36-37)
‘Think Global, Act Local’ : Cathy McGowan’s Colourful Political Memoir, Joshua Black , single work review
— Review of Cathy Goes to Canberra : Doing Politics Differently Cathy McGowan , 2020 single work autobiography ;
(p. 37-38)
Disher Country : A Tale of Rural Gothic, Tony Birch , single work review
— Review of Consolation Garry Disher , 2020 single work novel ;
(p. 40)
The Science of Happiness : A Presidential-term Dream, Josephine Taylor , single work review
— Review of Life After Truth Ceridwen Dovey , 2019 single work novel ;
(p. 41)
Cross Over into Campgrounds : An Original Début by Nardi Simpson, Jane Sullivan , single work review
— Review of Song of the Crocodile Nardi Simpson , 2020 single work novel ;
(p. 42)
‘Still and Still Moving’ : Anna MacDonald’s Painterly Eye, Polly Simons , single work review
— Review of A Jealous Tide Anna MacDonald , 2020 single work novel ;
(p. 43)
Return of the 1940s : Dennis Glover’s Satirical New Novel, Frank Bongiorno , single work review
— Review of Factory 19 Dennis Glover , 2020 single work novel ;
(p. 44)
Playing with Genre : An Inventive Collection by Eugen Bacon, Susan Midalia , single work review
— Review of The Road to Woop Woop and Other Stories Eugen Bacon , 2020 selected work short story ;
(p. 45)
Ripples of Trauma : A Poetic Weaving of Voices, Rose Lucas , single work review
— Review of Mother Tongue Joyce Kornblatt , 2020 single work novel ;
(p. 45)
‘The Truth Was More Complex’ : A Finely Honed Novel Tests Limits, Naama Grey-Smith , single work review
— Review of At the Edge of the Solid World Daniel Davis Wood , 2020 single work novel ;
(p. 46)
The End of the World : Three New Young Adult Novels, Benjamin Chandler , single work review
— Review of Future Girl Asphyxia , 2020 single work novel ; The Other Side of the Sky Amie Kaufman , Meagan Spooner , 2020 single work novel ; Indigo Owl Charlie Archbold , 2020 single work novel ;
(p. 47-48)
Ecstasy and Peril : A Romp through Romance and Sexuality, Kate Crowcroft , single work review
— Review of Poly Paul Dalgarno , 2020 single work novel ;
(p. 48)
Critic of the Month with Beejay Silcox, single work interview (p. 49)

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