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The Guardian has published a list of what its writers have judged the 100 greatest non-fiction books of all time. They’ve split the list into categories: art, biography, culture, environment, history, journalism, literature, mathematics, memoir, mind, music, philosophy, politics, religion, science, society and travel. It’s a fascinating list but, being British, it has an understandable bias towards Britain and Europe. Robert Hughes' The Shock…
Is nothing sacred? It’s a subject that continues to torture the stylish brows of French literary types following the bombing of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last week. Last week’s edition - titled Sharia Hebdo - had reported on the triumph in Tunisian elections of an Islamist party and featured on the front page a cartoon of the prophet promising readers 100 lashes if…
Manning Clark’s Obsessions
Manning Clark is a giant of Australia’s cultural landscape. His impact and influence on our history and our way of understanding our history constitute a lasting legacy - which is exactly what Clark would have wished. In Mark McKenna’s new biography, An Eye for Eternity, the self-styled historian-sage emerges as a deeply complex man, riddled with obsessions that included Australia’s national identity and…
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