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1 Barrister Geoffrey Robertson Miriam Cosic , 2021 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 1-7 May 2021;

'Geoffrey Robertson is disillusioned. The world-famous barrister has, at 74, lost his belief in the effectiveness of international law. “I have not lost faith in the ICC [International Criminal Court]. I still think it’s necessary,” he tells me by phone from London, his voice more redolent of duty than of conviction. “But its catchment area is quite small...”' (Introduction)

1 Hidden Suffering Miriam Cosic , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24 October 2020; (p. 17)

— Review of Unseen Jacinta Parson , 2020 single work autobiography

'As I write this review, I’m struggling to type with a brace on my dominant arm supporting a smashed wrist. I’ve been unable to do much since it happened but the surgeon is encouraging me to type as well as to do a series of hideous hand ­exercises. Friends have rallied to shop and do laundry and more.' (Introduction)

1 Loneliness of Growing up a Girl Miriam Cosic , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 July 2020; (p. 14)

— Review of Darkfall Indigo Perry , 2020 single work autobiography
1 I Own My Alone Miriam Cosic , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14 March 2020; (p. 18)

— Review of She I Dare Not Name : A Spinster's Meditations on Life Donna Ward , 2020 single work autobiography
1 Black Bird, White Bird Miriam Cosic , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11 January 2020; (p. 6)

'The long-neglected story of the Aboriginal cricket team that made history is finally etching its way into the national psyche.'

1 Banality Blights Miriam Cosic , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2 November 2019; (p. 19)

— Review of Cilka's Journey Heather Morris , 2019 single work novel

'Heather Morris’s debut novel was a runaway success when it came out in January 2018. The Melbourne-based New Zealand writer wrote The Tattooist of Auschwitz after meeting and befriending the man, Lali Solokov, on whose story the book is based. It’s a love story: Solokov met his wife, Gita Furman, and fell for her, when, as a prisoner-functionary, he tattooed her number on her forearm.' (Introduction) 

1 Hans and Nora Heysen : Two Generations of Australian Art Miriam Cosic , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 23 March 2019;

'While father and daughter Hans and Nora Heysen both became renowned Australian artists – he for bush landscapes, she for portraits and still lifes – their work had become, until recently, somewhat overlooked. By Miriam Cosic.' (Introduction)

1 Shimmering Twist to Magical Realism Miriam Cosic , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 23 September 2017; (p. 22)

'Persia was the centre of some mighty dynasties over the millennia, including the far-flung Achaemenid Empire that Cyrus the Great establi­shed in the 6th century BC. It wasn’t until Muslim Arabs defeated a later Persian dynasty, the Sassan­ians, in AD 651, that Persians were forced to adopt Islam and abandon their fiery state religion, Zoroastrianism.

'As in all conquests that force cultural change, it wasn’t entirely successful. The Persian­s bitterly resented their new overlords and pockets of Zoroastrianism remain today, though followers are now estimated at fewer than 190,000 worldwide. Yet it was the Persians, long a highly literate people, who codified Arab­ic grammar and made the language the cornerstone of classical Islamic culture.' (Introduction)

1 Safe Harbour Miriam Cosic , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 393 2017; (p. 36)

'A rich vein of political writing runs through Australian fiction. From the early days of socialist realism, through the anti-colonialism of both black and white writers, to tough explorations of identity politics today, we have struggled with concepts of justice and equality since Federation.' (Introduction)

1 Before and After Miriam Cosic , 2017 single work
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25 March 2017; (p. 16)
'Two new books bring passion and pain to the voluntary euthanasia debate, writes Miriam Cosic'
1 The Discreet Charm of the Aristocracy Miriam Cosic , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11 March 2017; (p. 19)
'Imagine growing up among the French aristocracy with eccentric parents, romantically involved in an endless pas de deux, who in everyday talk, as though it’s a matter of immediate concern, revisit the Versailles of Louis XVI, the Greece of Odysseus, the Rome of the ancient emperors, the Carthaginians and the French Resistance during Word War II.' (Introduction)
1 At Home under the Tuscan Sun Miriam Cosic , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4 March 2017; (p. 20)
'From the time of the early Enlightenment, the British upper classes sent their sons on the Grand Tour, a sort of moving finishing school through the great centres of classical and Renaissance Europe. As Edward Gibbon wrote in The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, “According to the law of custom, and perhaps of reason, foreign travel completes the education of an English gentleman.” Young men from other northern principalities also hit the trail, which led south, often through France, to the rolling landscapes and art treasures of Italy: the epitome of civilisation.' (Introduction)
1 On the Borderline Miriam Cosic , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 August 2016; (p. 16)

— Review of No Man Is an Island : One Teacher’s Story of How Humanity and Hope Flourished behind Barbed Wire Adele Dumont , 2016 single work autobiography ; Notes on an Exodus : An Essay by Richard Flanagan Richard Flanagan , 2016 single work essay
1 Germain Greer's the Female Eunuch Miriam Cosic , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 380 2016; (p. 42-45)
1 The Set's the Thing : How the Stage Helped The Secret River Come Alive Miriam Cosic , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 13 February 2016;
'Set designer Stephen Curtis says the best of his work supports the actors and solves problems, but warns in a new essay on his work that it’s also easy to be glib and rely on old tricks rather than create an original ‘visual signature’.' (Publication abstract)
1 An Opportunity for Children to Engage in Creativity, to Learn to Read and Write Miriam Cosic , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , May 2016; (p. 28-31)
'You could walk right past the Sydney Story Factory in Redfern if you didn’t know it was there. It looks like a cafe, or a bar, or even a library, with its coolly constructed wooden wall seating that looks like inverted whale skeletons, its bookshelves, and the round tables and chairs sprinkled about. It is, however, a literacy and literary centre for disadvantaged kids, as Miriam Cosic reports.' (Publication abstract)
1 Disturbed by Dad's Legacy Miriam Cosic , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 August 2015; (p. 20)

— Review of The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman John Tesarsch , 2015 single work novel
1 Book Reviewing and Its Provocateurs Patrick Allington , Miriam Cosic , James Bradley , Peter Craven , Gillian Dooley , Kerryn Goldsworthy , Morag Fraser , Lisa Gorton , Melinda Harvey , James Ley , Felicity Plunkett , Peter Rose , Luke Slattery , Geordie Williamson , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 371 2015; (p. 16-19)
'Last month in Melbourne, a group of book reviewers and literary editors took part in a conference organised by Monash University’s Centre for the Book. There were more than thirty short papers, or ‘provocations’, as they were styled. Our Editor lamented the low or non-payment of some reviewers (especially younger ones) and announced a major new campaign to further increase payments to ABR contributors. Much good came from Critical Matters: Book Reviewing Now. Book reviewers are a non-organised, often isolated class: Critical Matters pointed the way to a more united cohort. Hearteningly, the mood was invigorating – not rueful or defensive. To complement this symposium, we invited a number of the participants, and others, to respond to this question: ‘What single development would most improve the Australian critical culture?’'
1 Life Reflected in Fragments Miriam Cosic , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 March 2015; (p. 21)

— Review of One Life : My Mother's Story Kate Grenville , 2015 single work biography
1 Stirring the Melting Pot Miriam Cosic , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10 - 11 May 2014; (p. 16)

— Review of Coming of Age : Growing Up Muslim in Australia 2014 anthology autobiography
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