Let me get one thing straight. This new book of mine,The Getting of Garlic: Australian food from bland to brilliant, with recipes old and new, is not just about garlic, although it does play a pivotal part in the story. But we’ll get ...
Neil Armstrong once said that although science fiction writers like Jules Verne and HG Wells had found ways to get people to the Moon, they had never imagined lunar explorers talking to their controllers back on Earth. ‘The authors foresaw my part of the adventure ...
There is a war being waged for the future of Australia.  
When we began to fall in love, he was still living with his wife. The process was so gradual it was almost imperceptible, like watching ice melt. I didn’t have much time to contemplate what was unfolding between us: my father was sleeping in ...
Seventeen years after A Certain Style was first published, Jacqueline Kent’s biography of Australia’s first full-time book editor Beatrice Davis is being reissued for a new generation of publishing aficionados. Kent spoke with former UQP nonfiction publisher Alexandra Payne about what’s changed ...
1One of the very first questions you are asked when a psychiatrist is fumbling towards a ‘bipolar’ diagnosis relates to family history. This is a nod towards the genetic, hereditary nature of the disease, but also a narrative framing device. Who? When? What? How? Why ...
Culture
Deadly Woman Blues
Clinton Walker

NewSouth published Clinton Walker’s Deadly Woman Blues: Black Women and Australian Music in February 2018 and it was recalled on 5 March 2018 after a small number of books were sold. We were made aware that not all the women who appeared in the book were consulted about current ...

Society

The Future of Everything is written for people who want a better world, and who want practical ideas for how that might be achieved. It is unashamedly ambitious, and I have no doubt some of the ideas I put forward will be ridiculed and dismissed, but that’s a risk ...

Science

I did not expect to be here like this. My Williams family is short-lived and I have exceeded their span by an embarrassing chunk. So here I am, in what I thought would be my twilight years, as fit and busy as ever; the brain beneath the grey thatch and ...


Environment

Feeding wild birds is probably something so familiar, so everyday, so commonplace – so tame perhaps – that we can forget that this is a fundamentally artificial activity. In virtually every case, the types of food we use to attract birds to our house yards – typically mixtures of various seeds but sometimes ...

History
River Dreams
Ian Tyrrell

I grew up with rivers, though I did not live next to one. My mother’s aged relatives told me in stark and frightening terms about the power of the Brisbane River, which had in 1893 invaded the city’s central business district and swept away the bridge linking the ...

History
The Battle Within
Christina Twomey

Before dawn on 25 April 2012 I walked along the remains of the Thai–Burma Railway. Its iron tracks had been ripped up long ago. The original wooden sleepers, their surface at once cracked and polished by monsoonal rains, were partly obscured by small grey stones. The railway cutting is ...


Science

Entries are open for the Bragg Prize and theBest Australian Science Writing 2018

Politics

The year 1996 was a turning point in Australian politics. It saw the Coalition returned to office after the longest period of Labor rule at the national level. There was nothing inevitable about the Howard Government. Indeed, there was nothing inevitable about either the 1996 result or what might be ...

Culture
A hidden heritage
Jan O'Connell

We all need to eat. And in today’s Australia most of us are fortunate enough to eat not just what we need, but what we choose. Those choices are almost limitless. At the supermarket, foods from around the world line aisle after aisle. Any self-respecting suburban shopping strip will ...


 
 
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