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ABR is one of Australia's leading literary magazines of reviews, essays, commentary, and creative writing. Home to the Jolley, Porter, and Calibre prizes.

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'David Williamson is a giant of Australian theatre. Crunch Time – his final play before retiring – comes after fift… https://t.co/1QUHye4o0d'Against a culture that "does not have an investment in helping queer folk understand what their experiences mean",… https://t.co/n0WnXcXpss
2/21
2020
'Australian crime novels rarely feel as though they’re over-hyped or rushed-to-print.' @DaveWhishWilson on three n… https://t.co/jFUCPntUnr
2/19
2020
☀️ Last chance to win a $8,250 holiday in India! Closes 20 February 2020. To enter, just tell us – in fifty to one… https://t.co/UKlbGh904w
2/18
2020
#BenjaminLaw's #Torchtheplace @MelbTheatreCo is sometimes funny, sometimes poignant but mostly rickety and underwhe… https://t.co/aDR6rFtxtR
Retweeted by Australian Book Review'The play’s psychological framework – from past abuse to generational trauma – seems lifted from a couple of self-h… https://t.co/N5FSjI3pwnI LOVED this book - thanks to @AustBookReview for the opportunity to review it and @carmenmmachado for writing it https://t.co/LEZPfTI5uY
Retweeted by Australian Book Review'The film’s weaknesses pile up. Saccharine dialogue is plentiful. "If I’m to fashion a book, I’ll need a spine," Mu… https://t.co/9DjkWjnDbZ'Machado’s identity and development as a writer are central to In the Dream House, as is her evolution as a queer w… https://t.co/lGLqa62iCj
2/17
2020
Want to work at ABR? We're seeking a casual accounts and administrative assistant for an estimated 8–10 hours of wo… https://t.co/cKguKqPOOQ
2/13
2020
Applications open: The @AustBookReview 2020 Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize - open to all short story writers wr… https://t.co/dmxFsYjvCr
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Retweeted by Australian Book Review'Damascus is a visionary novel full of wild energy and passion, but it is not for the faint-hearted.'… https://t.co/kM2wOhyzjC☀️ Closing soon! Entries close 20 February 2020 To win a $8,250 holiday in India, just tell us – in fifty to one h… https://t.co/KMa8PU7kBk'While the acting is consistently engaging and the set clever, and while the play addresses challenging issues, it… https://t.co/2427540v0e
2/12
2020
In the new episode of The ABR Podcast, we take a close look at @MargaretAtwood's 'The Testaments' – a coda to her c… https://t.co/RKdmrod1an'For some, The Deep Blue Sea is a gay play in which the main character had to be transposed into a woman to appease… https://t.co/VvBNjntsWC
2/11
2020
Was an absolute pleasure to read and review @zevin_a's outstanding history of the Economist. @AustBookReviewhttps://t.co/y83buRQOVU
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Retweeted by Australian Book Review'How has "The Economist" responded to democratic demands, imperial expansion, and the ascent of finance over the co… https://t.co/o7vjrJ6lQh
2/10
2020
'Magic realism is not a literature of avoidance but of belief. It portrays a mindset where belief in the supernatur… https://t.co/aDujyOTbla'I felt physically jolted by the sight of two poems I’ve loved since my teens, Yeats’s "An Irish Airman Foresees Hi… https://t.co/eNvBBQuVhh'Cotton emerges as a woman of substance, a pioneer who was unafraid to challenge conventions but was also a romanti… https://t.co/Q4w2rN5JKk
2/9
2020
'The United States was the only nation that emerged from World War II stronger than when the war began.'… https://t.co/jmQXzE2pJe
2/8
2020
'Beethoven struggled with his only opera, Fidelio, for more than a decade, composing, rearranging, and composing an… https://t.co/F3QDywz7Fb
2/7
2020
✍️ Writers! The Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize is currently open – and it's worth $12,500! We seek stories of… https://t.co/PnwTA0Kwam'"Travels with a Writing Brush" crosses the country of old Japan, from north to south and from east to west, and is… https://t.co/MFA2BjWXmK'The neglect of Australia’s nature writing history, with its contributions to science, literature, and conservation… https://t.co/UacGYJ7sPaRobert Eggers's THE LIGHTHOUSE opens in Oz cinemas today. I liked his first film, THE WITCH, & his second film, whi… https://t.co/IrDSZGCvmu
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2/6
2020
'Eggers is able to make so much out of such a slim premise and small cast, essentially Pattinson and Defoe, who ful… https://t.co/4nGDBhQGMl
2/5
2020
'If alien life landed on Earth and we had to explain to them the habits of the white middle-class, it would be unde… https://t.co/ZzCErheztR'"The Sea and Us" has the poetic compression of a novella; it offers complex meanings in the relatively brief space… https://t.co/HhwiDdaorN
2/4
2020
'[Clanchy's] focus on a small cast of characters in a circumscribed place and time creates a sense of confinement,… https://t.co/Imq1u0IhgB'The road to The Lodge is littered with depressing tales of ambitious politicians abandoning their friends, princip… https://t.co/PyeQjVMFAP'Cotton emerges as a woman of substance, a pioneer who was unafraid to challenge conventions but was also a romanti… https://t.co/t2mA4MV5kQ'Watching Uncut Gems is an exercise in anxiety. Ratner makes one terrible decision after another with increasingly… https://t.co/eKlGfaa8Ao
2/3
2020
'Magic realism is not a literature of avoidance but of belief. It portrays a mindset where belief in the supernatur… https://t.co/kkbmDmbNV5'This beautifully written, illustrated, and produced book enlarges our vision of Australia through the highlights o… https://t.co/8EW5WwTyRA'Australian crime novels rarely feel as though they’re over-hyped or rushed-to-print.' @DaveWhishWilson on three n… https://t.co/lKl7or9Bnr
2/2
2020
'Capitalism has sold the pursuit of the ideal body shape as an "empowering" activity involving endless, costly work… https://t.co/TpPSeeWZ4L
2/1
2020
'The Plains is a book for the critic, not the mere reviewer. It is a strange creature, to be approached with care.'… https://t.co/vMTahzTnBP'The United States was the only nation that emerged from World War II stronger than when the war began.'… https://t.co/AXFwmFx7Ue'The meaning of "philosophy" itself is a product of its times. In the seventeenth century, concerns of philosophy a… https://t.co/QvqLq8AhGj
1/31
2020
'Two of the greatest Australian crime writers died within six months of each other in 2018.' Chris Flynn on 'See Y… https://t.co/jaORf8YhESICYMI: a lovely review of Sing This at My Funeral in the @AustBookReview! https://t.co/tqpRuUBv5J
Retweeted by Australian Book Review'The range and breadth of these essays is at times breathtaking: it is invidious to select favourites from a smorga… https://t.co/0wuysGWjLh'This moving memoir by David Slucki gives shape to the ghost of Zaida Jakub, the grandfather he never knew.' Merav… https://t.co/kY9KyLRtlm'I felt physically jolted by the sight of two poems I’ve loved since my teens, Yeats’s "An Irish Airman Foresees Hi… https://t.co/LAa4Wrkgay
1/30
2020
'Malick’s films rarely concern themselves with rote dissemination of plot. Even at their most linear they feel like… https://t.co/1NC3LPXWPzIn our new episode of The ABR Podcast, ABR Editor Peter Rose reviews "Yellow Notebook", the first volume of the dia… https://t.co/v412p9psmg
1/29
2020
'The brilliance of Laura Wade’s..."Home, I’m Darling" is its concept...questioning (in a Britain weighed down by Br… https://t.co/MHj2LHnbfF
1/28
2020
From the archives: One of my favourite comment pieces of last year in @AustBookReview was on the sexual politics of… https://t.co/W8Wk4pK5ub
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1/23
2020
Entries are open for the 2020 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize (worth AU$12,500)! 1st prize: $6,000 2nd pri… https://t.co/kD8SMorwOR'Cotton emerges as a woman of substance, a pioneer who was unafraid to challenge conventions but was also a romanti… https://t.co/fVsMC26DyX
1/20
2020
'Power has been an advocate for US intervention to prevent genocide around the world – as a war correspondent, as a… https://t.co/3uml9B6MNOHuge congratulations to Amanda! It was lots of fun to read with all the shortlisted poets in Melbourne last night.… https://t.co/DqTcmct4rV
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1/17
2020
Congratulation on your well deserved win A. Frances Johnson. Your poem is fantastic. https://t.co/66CQRvUwrL
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Retweeted by Australian Book ReviewOur heartfelt thanks to our judges, John Hawke, @bronwynlea, and Philip Mead. And congratulations to the other shor… https://t.co/bRm1NO7CVxCongratulations to A. Frances Johnson, winner of the 2020 #ABRPorterPrize for her poem 'My Father's Thesaurus'. Our… https://t.co/zmoRUcqYMaOkay, we surrender! The Calibre Essay Prize has now officially closed, with a record field. Thanks to everyone who… https://t.co/WaqkQjciAE'This beautifully written, illustrated, and produced book enlarges our vision of Australia through the highlights o… https://t.co/TGUahhYXwB'The road to The Lodge is littered with depressing tales of ambitious politicians abandoning their friends, princip… https://t.co/EmMX8OphuZ
1/16
2020
🎉 Last chance! Closing tonight at 11:59pm! Submit your essay to the $7,500 Calibre Essay Prize. We welcome essays… https://t.co/ZikC5RIaBT'There is a quiet discipline to this art that resists the potentially sensational nature of its subject.'… https://t.co/PKRCz0AhBIWelcome to a new episode of The ABR Podcast. Ahead of tomorrow's announcement of the #ABRPorterPrize winner, listen… https://t.co/J5IEtWpRDa
1/15
2020
‘The question is whether a political campaign built around opposition and critique […] will also work as a project… https://t.co/rhX0NOqI3G
Retweeted by Australian Book Review👉 Closing tomorrow! 👈 Last chance to submit your essay to the $7,500 Calibre Essay Prize. We welcome essays betwee… https://t.co/rcZevLhuvt☀️ Want to win a holiday in India? To be in the running, just tell us – in fifty to one hundred words – about a b… https://t.co/iBJffOgNZA
1/14
2020
'This moving memoir by David Slucki gives shape to the ghost of Zaida Jakub, the grandfather he never knew.' Merav… https://t.co/lGpAN87pKB'Ricatti’s analysis is amply illuminated by the key foci of historical narrative, identity, and memory viewed throu… https://t.co/4oaV1yat3LRead the 'Feedback Loops' review by Diego Ramirez in @AustBookReview https://t.co/vqACBLlMWO
Retweeted by Australian Book Review👉 Only 2 days left to enter! 👈 Last chance to submit your essay to the $7,500 Calibre Essay Prize. We welcome essa… https://t.co/iJ2WJ94O0e'For better or worse, the outlaw Ned Kelly is perhaps the most profitable of all Australian myths. While myths migh… https://t.co/a6CxNM83oOA new bookish podcast for Aussie bookworms! 🥰 https://t.co/MR10zx5iur
Retweeted by Australian Book ReviewIn our first episode, the poet Michael Hofmann reads his brilliant satire on Donal Dump (aka Donald Trump), and the… https://t.co/aPzYXyJSoQABR is delighted to introduce the first episode of the new series of The ABR Podcast. Released fortnightly every We… https://t.co/SD3z4z2i39
1/13
2020
'Capitalism has sold the pursuit of the ideal body shape as an "empowering" activity involving endless, costly work… https://t.co/nHW65Dxgwq‘A reminder of the importance of the humanities in grounding a sense of historically informed civic responsibility.… https://t.co/MA8ckS7nlu
Retweeted by Australian Book ReviewI’ll ah, just leave this here... @AustBookReview: Darkness for Light is a propulsive thriller sustained by a write… https://t.co/tIlxoqqc47
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1/12
2020
'It is certainly true that people chose caution over uncertainty – Scott Morrison over the Labor alternative. It re… https://t.co/aU8LQAewZj'Two of the greatest Australian crime writers died within six months of each other in 2018.' Chris Flynn on 'See Y… https://t.co/DzTcFmnF0b'The United States was the only nation that emerged from World War II stronger than when the war began.'… https://t.co/BpgJDzE5dE
1/10
2020
'"The Europeans" is a whole rail journey unto itself: the literary equivalent of a whistle-stop tour, but with thin… https://t.co/WUWK7OZDbc'[Julius] was victimised by the community’s alpha male leader, Champis, fathered babies who died as infants, and ma… https://t.co/NcMSN7QZtFWriters! 👉 Only 6 days left to enter! Submit your essay to the $7,500 Calibre Essay Prize. We welcome essays betwe… https://t.co/aXdyRnMD9d'The neglect of Australia’s nature writing history, with its contributions to science, literature, and conservation… https://t.co/zR6wmECpXz
1/9
2020
'This beautifully written, illustrated, and produced book enlarges our vision of Australia through the highlights o… https://t.co/HsLrFrNuuj'To convey Britain’s story, Peter Hennessy draws on archives and contacts, personal encounter with players, and a j… https://t.co/iAlbwbmPnN @AustBookReview publisher picks for 2019 feature Australianama by @SamiaKhatun , Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko… https://t.co/R7neycJR0x
Retweeted by Australian Book Review'The range and breadth of these essays is at times breathtaking: it is invidious to select favourites from a smorga… https://t.co/UFxZRhkPLW'The meaning of "philosophy" itself is a product of its times. In the seventeenth century, concerns of philosophy a… https://t.co/LqINLQPxtK
1/8
2020
'As ever, Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece – aided by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa’s inspired libretto, based on… https://t.co/K201LDbGO4Oh me oh my, a fantastic review of DARKNESS FOR LIGHT in the @AustBookReview https://t.co/GM8Ub1KObQ
Retweeted by Australian Book Review'"Travels with a Writing Brush" crosses the country of old Japan, from north to south and from east to west, and is… https://t.co/BrluD1o4A0'Australian crime novels rarely feel as though they’re over-hyped or rushed-to-print.' @DaveWhishWilson on three n… https://t.co/s4lyNnBTzv
1/7
2020
'Train your eye on the homes of the mid-western cities, Lerner seems to be saying, and you will find an identity cr… https://t.co/SboTZ1aTLi'I hate the word "unfurled" – it’s overused in literary fiction (I’m guilty of this myself). And it would be fun to… https://t.co/6a4PTaMniv'New modes of thinking are necessary if human societies are to survive, let alone flourish. For Coaffee, there is a… https://t.co/NeEyZfhXRZ
1/6
2020

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