• September 22, 2017
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Book Review

  • Tony Jones is the latest ABC name to write a thriller, mixing bombs in Melbourne, Balkan politics and a slice of 1970s sexism
  • The plot in America
    Sep 20, 2017 Reviewed by Kevin Baker
    Two brothers fleeing their Irish captivities get embroiled in a wild assassination plot at the 1939 world’s fair in New York
  • Gorbachev’s path towards radical change
    Sep 20, 2017 Reviewed by David E. Hoffman
    How former Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev evolved into a radical proponent of change
  • Falling through time
    Sep 14, 2017 Reviewed by James McNamara
    Three men, separated by three centuries, witness an Australian miracle
  • ‘Some of my teachers were sadists’
    Sep 14, 2017 By Mick Brown
    Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter Roddy Doyle on how painful memories shaped his new novel, Smile
  • Did Stalin deliberately let Ukraine starve?
    Sep 13, 2017 Reviewed by Sheila Fitzpatrick
    A vivid account exposes the myths of the catastrophic Ukrainian famine of 1932-3
  • And then she was gone
    Sep 13, 2017 Reviewed by Scott Anderson
    An undercover journalist searches for her guide, an Iraqi refugee who was living in Syria
  • Val McDermid on the new generation of writers, how the genre has changed in 30 years — and how she’s promised not to kill off Tony Hill and Carol Jordan
  • The return of George Smiley
    Sep 06, 2017 Reviewed by Dwight Garner
    In his 24th novel, John le Carre’s brings his most famous character in from the cold
  • A brutal coming of age in Nazi Germany
    Aug 30, 2017 Reviewed by Rachel Seiffert
    The final weeks of the Second World War are hauntingly portrayed in a German novel that bears comparison with Gunter Grass
  • The flu pandemic that killed 50 million
    Aug 30, 2017 Reviewed by Colin Grant
    Spanish flu in 1918-19 killed vastly more people than the world war it followed, yet has remained in the shadows
  • Booker-short listed novelist Nicola Barker on her ‘catastrophic urge’ to destroy narrative
  • Portrait of a Nigerian marriage
    Aug 24, 2017 reviewed by Michiko Kakatuni
    An endearing novel about how ideals and relationships can be shaped by distant but momentous developments
  • Finding out the truth about Mona Lisa
    Aug 24, 2017 Reviewed by Michael Bird
    A new biography on Mona Lisa offers painstakingly gathered details on her life that turned out to be legend
  • An alternative history of Singapore
    Aug 18, 2017 By Ian Johnson
    Sonny Liew’s fictionalised narrator of Singapore’s history, Charlie Chan, provides a version that is closer to reality as intended
  • A brief but potent scare
    Aug 02, 2017 Reviewed by John Williamms
    You Should Have Left is a mind-bending novella about a writer losing his mind