Non-Fiction reviews

Superior: The return of race science by Angela Saini

Reviewed by Chris Dite

Superior is science journalist Angela Saini’s exploration of the rise, slight fall and second coming of ‘race science’. It’s the perfect antidote to the whirlpool of pseudoscience currently engulfing…

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Australia Day by Stan Grant

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Stan Grant has an issue with how we are responding to Australia Day. In his new book Australia Day, he argues that not all Australians are racist. Grant believes that the present media coverage of th…

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Women’s Work by Megan K. Stack

Reviewed by Elke Power

Megan K. Stack has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. She was a war correspondent for the Los Angeles Times; she made a career of immersing…

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City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Sophie Cunningham has written a collection of travel writing that grapples with the destructive nature of tourism. Or is it nature writing that never forgets its place within the machine that threate…

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Growing Up African in Australia edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Ahmed Yussuf & Magan Magan

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

In her introduction to Growing Up African in Australia, Maxine Beneba Clarke sets the scene for an anthology of great specificity. As she explains, this is an anthology that ‘would be an African dias…

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Unlike the Heart: A Memoir of Brain and Mind by Nicola Redhouse

Reviewed by Elke Power

In this extraordinary memoir, the reader is taken into the confidence of Nicola Redhouse: writer, editor, reader and, above all, someone who constantly seeks to better understand the human condition …

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From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage by Judith Brett

Reviewed by Julia Jackson

Judith Brett’s latest offering, hot on the heels of her bestselling (and award-winning) biography of Alfred Deakin, is a tightly written history of Australia’s electoral system. Moreover, it reads li…

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Witches: What Women Do Together by Sam George-Allen

Reviewed by Cindy Morris

Witches can be many things, but one thing is for sure: they are women of fearsome power. They are also women who have a tradition of helping other women. Witches are women on the margins, and in our …

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Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook by Jacqueline Kent

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

In 1985, Jacqueline Kent was living in Sydney and working as a freelance book editor. At a dinner party, she met Kenneth Cook, author of classic Australian novel Wake in Fright. The two quickly fell …

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Accidental Feminists by Jane Caro

Reviewed by Cindy Morris

Accidental Feminists is a celebration of the women who came after the Australian women who won the right to vote. These secondwave feminists grew up earning money most of their lives, a fact that is …

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