mardi 15 février 2011

The New ABR issue is out now!


Testing times for modern publishers

Terri-ann White applauds John B. Thompson’s account of the last fifty years of international trade publishing, Merchants of Culture, while finding his observations on the modern business of books ‘disturbing’ and ‘alarming’.

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The biographer’s contract

In her 2010 Seymour Biography Lecture, acclaimed biographer Professor Frances Spalding examines the complex responsibilities involved in authoring another person’s life.

‘… like the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa, biography continues to fascinate with its suggestion of the known and unknown.’

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Paul Kelly’s memoir

Anna Goldsworthy finds Melbourne singer–songwriter (and ABR cover star) Paul Kelly’s ‘mongrel memoir’, How to Make Gravy, to be a perfectly played combination of ‘sincerity and slyness’.

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The stately deep

James Bradley’s The Penguin Book of the Ocean is deemed a ‘remarkable’ anthology by Gregory Kratzmann, particularly for its daring and ranging use of non-fiction texts.

Read the full review

Gail Jones’s new novel

In addition to its declared titular influence, Felicity Plunkett detects a strong echo of British Modernist fiction in Gail Jones’s ‘ambitious and compelling’ new novel Five Bells.

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Further highlights in February

A short story by Josephine Rowe

Shirley Walker on Australian women writers

R.S. White on Shakespeare and sex

David Throsby on copyright

Robert Gibson on film music

Chris Flynn on Australian short fiction

Lisa Gorton on Katherine Mansfield

Peter Craven on Peter Porter


New poems by Ian Templeman and Brendan Ryan

CLICK HERE to view the complete contents of our FEBRUARY 2011 issue.


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Ten new subscribers will receive, courtesy of Random House, a SIGNED COPY of Five Bells, by Gail Jones. In the February issue, Felicity Plunkett describes Jones’s hymn to Kenneth Slessor's poem as ‘captivating ... ambitious and compelling’.


Twenty-five renewing subscribers will receive a double pass to Joel and Ethan Cohen's much-anticipated new film, True Grit, starring Jeff Bridges and Matt Damon, with thanks to Paramount Pictures. Only at the movies from 26 January.

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Australian Book Review seeks applications for an Editorial Intern to help edit, produce and present Australia’s foremost independent literary magazine. This is a unique opportunity for recent university graduates seeking an entrée into publishing.

This Internship – worth $20,000 and supported by the Sidney Myer Fund – is currently the only intensive, paid editorial training program of its kind in Australian publishing.

Applications are due by Friday, 18 February 2011.

Full guidelines and the position desciption are available HERE



W.H. Chong – vaunted Australian book designer – returns to ABR this month with a new cover design and the first in a series of hand-coloured limited edition prints featuring writers and cultural figures.

These prints – signed by Chong and in an edition of twenty – are available for sale: $150 for subscribers, $195 for non-subscribers – plus $10 postage.

The first print in this collectable series (see above), features Australian songwriter and memorist, Paul Kelly.

Phone ABR to place your order: (03) 9429 6700

5. FEBRUARY ADVANCES – Heavenly Promise

Australia can ill afford to lose a cultivated literary magazine such as HEAT, so it was dispiriting to learn of its imminent closure, with the publication of the final issue. Editor Ivor Indyk, in his valedictory editorial, details his reasons for closing the magazine that he created in 1996.

CLICK HERE to read Advances.


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