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Edition 37

Small World

Small World broadens the mind with postcards and intelligence from everywhere at a time when the growth of international air travel has shrunk the definition of proximity and the internet has enabled the globalised media industry to bring distant events and places tantalisingly close.... Read more

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Edition 36

What is Australia for?

Australia is no longer small, remote or isolated. It is time to discover What Is Australia For? and acknowledge the wealth of resources beyond mining.

In a powerful memoir, Frank Moorhouse confronts his own mortality when a routine trek through the bush at the back of Bourke takes a wrong turn; Cameron Muir argues for an urgent marriage between health and agriculture; David Hansen investigates the token Aboriginality of a Melbourne residential tower; and Nick Bryant takes the temperature of our cultural cringe.

Dennis Altman asks if Australians have lost the will to create a better society; Robyn Archer contends that sustainability and resilience must be at the heart of our national debate; Kim Mahood offers a lacerating account of white workers in remote Aboriginal communities; David Astle and Romy Ash deliver two outstanding pieces of short fiction.

What Is Australia For? asks the big questions to encourage a robust national discussion about... Read more

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Edition 35


SURVIVING explores tales of extraordinary battles and random brushes with fate, and presents hard-won lessons on how to be better prepared, and adopt, survive and even thrive after disaster.

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Edition 34

The Annual Fiction Edition

These stories explore offshore coal ships and urban no-man’s land; islands of traditional culture within the mainstream to the personal seclusion of grief or vulnerability.

This third annual collection of new fiction features many authors poised to make the leap to the national stage, including Sally Breen, Favel Parrett, Nicolas Low and Rachael S Morgan.

In addition, the edition features new stories and memoir from award-winning authors Georgia Blain, Craig Cliff, Chris Womersley, Melissa Luchashenko, Ashley Hay and Benjamin Law, plus much more.

Griffith REVIEW 34 also includes the announcement of the winners of the 2011 Griffith REVIEW-CAL Emerging Writer’s (GREW) Prize, awarded annually to emerging writers published in Griffith REVIEW this year whose work has been deemed most original and influential.

The Annual Fiction Edition presents an archipelago of islands to discover and is a collectable companion to the 2009 and 2010 Griffith REVIEW fiction anthologies.

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Edition 33

Such Is Life

Award-winning author Lloyd Jones reveals how childhood rugby and a reverence for the All Blacks shaped his adult sensibilities and success beyond the Wellington suburbs.

Carrie Tiffany comes to terms with pain and shame; Shakira Hussein falls between identities and cultures in the wake of 9/11.

Debra Adelaide learns the value of an official identity; Meera Atkinson’s friendship transcends pubescent pop star fandom; and David Carlin attempts to write the history of Circus Oz.

In essays, Frank Moorhouse tests the boundaries of privacy and stigma; Peter Bishop salutes teachers – real and literary – who nurture our creative imagination; A.J. Brown gets behind the writing of his new biography of Michael Kirby; and Matthew Ricketson surveys recent political memoirs.

Marion Halligan, Toni Jordan and Anna Dorrington explore the legacy of mothers and children, while John Tranter, Brian Geach and Andrew Sant investigate rites of fatherhood.

Raimond Gaita and Kate Holden consider what is honoured or... Read more

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Edition 32

Wicked Problems, Exquisite Dilemmas

We live in an age of wicked problems, exquisite dilemmas. From the scale and scope of natural disasters to managing climate change, asylum seeking or river systems, new paradigms of transparency and power – as seen recently in the Middle East – demand a new style of leadership, collaborative action and non-linear solutions.

UK journalist Barbara Gunnell reports from London on the legacy of Julian Assange and the changing nature of journalism, state secrets and the limits to privacy. Valerie Brown and Lyn Carson explore the benefits of collective thinking and leadership, while Wendy McCarthy looks behind the rise of women in power.

Military historian Greg Lockhart reveals an Australian defence cover-up with repercussions for the current geopolitics of the Asia Pacific region; John Langmore and Jan Egeland look to Norway for lessons in peacekeeping.

Matthew Condon reminds us of the importance of history in the wake of the Brisbane floods; Deb Newell... Read more

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Edition 31

Ways of Seeing

The complexity and urgency of twenty-first century problems demand new Ways of Seeing. For decades, the humanities and social sciences have withered in the shadow of market economics and scientific rationalism.

Now more than ever, we need a human-centred approach to the big dilemmas of the day, learning from literature and philosophy and drawing on the creative imagination.

Philosopher and author John Armstrong argues that the value of humanities is measured by their worth and relevance outside the academy.

Award-winning historian Peter Cochrane reveals the importance of historical imagination; Tanveer Ahmed explores neuroscience and policy; Leah Kaminsky reconnects the physician with the narrative.

This edition also contains essays, memoir and fiction by Ian Lowe, Robyn Williams, Robert Hillman, Amanda Lohrey and Julienne van Loon, plus much more.

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Edition 30

The Annual Fiction Addition

Griffith REVIEW’s second annual fiction collection focuses on the Pacific region: from the Americas to Asia, the Pacific islands, New Zealand and Australia. What binds us? What pulls us apart?

As economic, political and cultural power moves from North America and Europe to the Asia-Pacific, Australia is enjoying a new relationship with its neighbours. The shift of individuals and ideas across borders is giving rise to new voices in literature.

This highly anticipated edition features sparkling new short fiction by established and emerging writers from around the Pacific Rim and Australia who are engaging with the region, including Peter Temple, Janette Turner Hospital, Nick Earls, Eva Hornung, Kate Holden, Alice Pung and many more.

Packed with great summer reading, this edition also includes the announcement of the 2010 winners of the Griffith REVIEW Emerging Writers’ Prize.

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Edition 29

Prosper or Perish

It is estimated that Australia’s population will reach 35 million by 2050. This will put stress on cities, social cohesion and fragile ecosystems.

Even for a country built on immigration, the continuing high rates of population growth are testing the consensus of national identity and demand a visionary approach to imagine a very different future, with a bigger, older population in a world that is bursting at the seams.

A major essay by award winning author and ABC presenter of The National Interest, Peter Mares explores the tensions between a humanitarian and an environmental approach to migration and population, with a look at the emergence of an anti-growth movement and political party and an evaluation of how we measure economic growth and quality of life.

The pressure of how to strike the right balance between environmental preservation, cultural diversity and a robust economy will make population and immigration policies a significant factor in... Read more

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Edition 28

Still the Lucky Country?

Still the Lucky Country? answers these questions with a searing reappraisal of Australia now – the sources of power, influence and fragility – on the cusp of the Asian century.

When Donald Horne coined the phrase ‘The Lucky Country’ with a large dollop of irony, he was pleading for changes to the institutions and attitudes that had made Australia complacent.

The time is right for a re-examination of Australia in an international context, of what we can expect in an era of globalisation and climate change.

Marcia Langton looks at life beyond the Great Divide, where mining companies hold sway; Kathy Marks follows the trail of the new gold rush; Glyn Davis assesses Horne’s contribution; and John Keane explores the way Australians have made their own luck. This edition will be essential reading in an election year.

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