Books

LABOR AND BOB SANTAMARIA – BUT WHY NOT BERT EVATT?

2019-12-18T13:23:58+11:00July 18th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Labor and Santamaria by Robert Murray,  Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing ISBN: 9781925333596 RRP: $24.95  On 15 February 1964, journalist Peter Coleman profiled B.A. Santamaria (1915-1998) for The Bulletin’s cover story. Half a century ago, Coleman argued that Bob Santamaria was one of “the three most influential personalities in Australian politics” since [...]

RED TED THEODORE’S MUNGANA AFFAIR

2019-12-18T11:23:49+11:00July 18th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Review by Paul Henderson The Curse of Mungana By David E. Moore, Publisher: Boolarong Press, 2017 RRP $34.99 ISBN: 9781925522112 From 1788 in Australia there have been numerous cases of governors (such as William Bligh) governors-general, prime ministers, ministers, colonial and state premiers, members of parliament and local government leaders who have left office, either willingly [...]

REVIEW OF CARDINAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF GEORGE PELL

2019-12-18T11:16:11+11:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Gerard Henderson Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell By Louise Milligan, Melbourne University Press, 2017 ISBN: 9780522871340 Rrp $34.99 - With a memoir piece from John Clifton who attended St Francis Xavier private school - the Ballarat school George Pell ministered to in the 1970s. * * * * * According to Melbourne University [...]

ON BRENNAN ON GARNER

2019-12-18T11:16:58+11:00June 7th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Peter Hayes A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work By Bernadette Brennan, Publisher: Text 2017 ISBN: 9781925498035 RRP pb $32.99In a society as small and isolated as Australia’s it doesn’t take many people to form a received opinion, and once an idea gains a foothold it can be impossible to dislodge, especially when it’s [...]

FROM SHEEP’S BACK TO MINERS’ CUT

2019-12-18T11:17:10+11:00May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Matt Canavan   The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia By David Lee,  Publisher: Connor Court 2017 ISBN: 9781925501148 RRP  $49.95 (hb) David Lee’s The Second Rush is a nutrient packed contribution to the veritable Mother Hubbard’s cupboard that is the historiography of the Australian mining industry. Perhaps with the exception of [...]

DYING STRIPPED BARE

2019-12-18T11:18:49+11:00April 24th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

 Reviewed by Anne Henderson.   After By Nikki Gemmell, Publisher: Fourth Estate 2017 ISBN 978 1 4607 5305 7 (hb) ISBN 978 1 4607 0769 2 (pb) RRP – $29.99 hb As a writer, Nikki Gemmell is honest, imaginative, daring and emotionally charged. These qualities have taken her to international best seller status – especially with her [...]

HANDLING WILD ANIMALS – TIPPI HEDREN, ALFRED HITCHCOCK AND A LOT OF BIG CATS

2019-12-18T11:17:27+11:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Anne Henderson Tippi: A Memoir By Tippi Hedren, Publisher: William Morrow 2016 ISBN-10: 0062469037 ISBN-13: 978-0062469038 RRP 16.99 (pb) At 86, Alfred Hitchcock’s star from nowhere, Tippi Hedren, has written her memoirs. Hedren was the beautiful model, plucked from the Ford Modelling Agency after Hitchcock saw her in a TV diet drink commercial, who [...]

AN EXPLODING LIGHT ON LABOR’S HILL

2019-12-18T11:19:31+11:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Reviewed by Michael Sexton Paul Keating:  The Big-Picture Leader By Troy Bramston, Publisher: Scribe 2016 ISBN (13):9781925321746 RRP $49.99 (hb) In 1986 I was one of the 99 delegates to the ALP National Conference in Hobart as a member of the NSW group. On the last night of the conference a number of the NSW delegates [...]

THE BOY WANDERER

2019-12-18T11:19:14+11:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Life, Death and Myth – Rupert Brooke By Nigel Jones, Reviewed by Anne Henderson. Publisher: Head of Zeus London 2014 ISBN13: 9781781857168 RRP – $54.99 hb He was a celebrity in an age before global stardom, the emblem of Britain’s lost youth at the end of the Edwardian age as world conflagration brought to a halt [...]

WHAT’S UP, DOC?

2019-12-18T11:19:42+11:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Books, Review|Tags: |

Evatt: A Life by John Murphy, Reviewed by Gerard Henderson. Publisher: NewSouth 2016 ISBN: 9781742234465 ISBN (ebook): 9781742247779 RRP – $49.95   LABOR’S “DOC” EVATT – AUSTRALIA’S MOST ERRATIC POLITICAL LEADER When I commenced my studies in Arts and Law at Melbourne University in the mid-1960s, Herbert Vere Evatt was a hero of the left. There was [...]