Non-Fiction reviews

The Local Wildlife by Robert Drewe

Robert Drewe is the dear uncle of Australian letters: a book club favourite, a genial family man and a gent many of us have spent Saturdays with – coffee in hand, The Age in our lap. A new book from …

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The Revolution Was Televised by Alan Sepinwall

In the world of online TV recapping, Alan Sepinwall is not just a pioneer, he’s a god. Sepinwall has been writing about TV for almost 20 years and was pivotal in bringing the practice of TV recapping…

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Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin

Felix Martin’s Money: The Unauthorised Biography is more than just an attempt to chart the history of money from its ambiguous origins to the elaborate world of finance today. Motivated by the great …

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The Misogyny Factor by Anne Summers

In August 2012, Anne Summers delivered a speech at the University of Newcastle titled ‘Her Rights at Work: The Political Persecution of Australia’s First Female Prime Minister’. The speech detailed t…

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Out of Shape by Mel Campbell

Mel Campbell has a brilliant eye for popular culture, as anyone who’s followed her blog, A Wild Young Under-Whimsy, or her other writing will know. Her first book, Out of Shape, tackles the fashion i…

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Night Games by Anna Krien

That football culture is ever-present in Melbourne is a given. Whether you love it, hate it or are indifferent to it, chances are you’ll still know a good deal about it. On a cultural level, its team…

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Forty-one False Starts by Janet Malcolm

In a lovely essay on J.D. Salinger in her new book, Janet Malcolm quotes a dismissively ironic review by Arthur Kazin. ‘Some day’, Kazin wrote, ‘there will be learned theses on The Use of the Ash Tra…

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The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

At a large airport, people might mingle, join queues and follow instructions peacefully, and it’s most likely that they won’t know anyone else around. In traditional societies, those kinds of intera…

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High Sobriety by Jill Stark

Some Melbournians might remember The Age article back in 2011 that sparked this book. Health reporter Jill Stark shared her experiences of giving up alcohol for three months as part of the Hello Sund…

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