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. 
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 ...
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 ...

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 ...

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


 
 
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