World War II was an unusual period for Sydney’s underworld. On the one hand, lots of young potential criminals were out of the way in the army. On the other, there was a boost in demand for underworld services – illicit sex, alcohol and gambling ...
Newspapers have found it very difficult to tell the truth about themselves. David Bowman, the former editor of two Australian newspapers, observed that ‘Newspapers will expose many things but seldom each other’. Academic scholar James Carey noted along similar lines that: ‘The newspaper does not ...
For quite some years,The Thinking Womanwas an idea for a book I was yet to begin. Back in the year 2000, almost twenty years ago now, I read Alain de Botton’sThe Consolations of Philosophyand I enjoyed it immensely. As the title suggests, it ...
#MeToo. Marriage equality. The Royal Commission into responses to child sexual abuse. Domestic violence. Today, the politics of private experience takes up a lot of space in public debate. There’s good reason for this: these issues resonate because they impact so many of us ...
Naming a book may seem more difficult than writing it. My first stab at a title for this memoir wasGlass Negatives. I chose this because my father used glass negatives in a large ancient camera to photograph weekend picnickers he took up the Lane Cove ...
From the blue depths of the ocean to the twinkling vastness of black space; from the pulsing red cells of the human heart to the biological behemoth of the Great Barrier Reef; from the nanorobot to the Large Hadron Collider ... science is everywhere. 
Food

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 to that.

Science

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’, Armstrong told a gathering of ...

Environment

There is a war being waged for the future of Australia.  


Language
A Certain Style
Jacqueline Kent

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 in the editing profession since ...

Society
Misfits & Me
Mandy Sayer

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 my bed every night, while ...

Culture
The Rapids
Sam Twyford-Moore

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? The line is traceable. And ...


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 ...

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 ...


 
 
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