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Mythologies don’t explain war

Review: Australia’s Vietnam: Myth vs History by Mark Dapin Australia’s Vietnam veterans, many of whom afterwards couldn’t fit in and went bush, faced a rigged...

Awakening to land and history

Review: Stranger Country by Monica Tan Monica Tan is a 30-something journalist, a Sydney-dwelling, inner-city leftie with a frank, earthy vocabulary and a liking for a...

Exploring Christian Humanism

Review: Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith, Richard Harries, SPCK. The Year of our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis, Alan...

Making Mediocre McMahon Monumental

Tiberius with a Telephone: The Life and Stories of William McMahon, Patrick Mullins, Scribe. Tiberius with a Telephone is a biography of William McMahon, regarded as one...

Persistent love negotiating the darkness

Review: Imminence by Mariana Dimopulos. In the novel Imminence the Argentinian narrator repeats that she is ‘not a woman’ to her female friends who...

A trip to the recent, distant past

Review: The Land Before Avocado Written by Richard Glover The Land Before Avocado examines the years from 1965 to 1975. This deep-dive into Australian history is no...

We are caretakers of creation

Geology: A Very Short Introduction, Jan Zalasiewicz, Oxford University Press. A Wilder Time: Notes from a Geologist at the Edge of the Greenland Ice, William Glassley,...

A Painted Landscape

A Painted Landscape, Amber Creswell Bell, Thames & Hudson. Australia’s most famous artists are painters of the land rather than figures, cities or abstracts, such...

A revelatory biography

Reviews: Picturing the Apocalypse, Natasha and Anthony O’Hear, Oxford. The Book of Revelation: A Biography, Timothy Beal, Princeton. After Donald Trump’s election, a...

Nothing to freak out over

Review: Jesusfreak Written by Joe Casey, Art by Benjamin Mara Published by Image Comics Emerging into an atmosphere of controversy when it was first announced in late...