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Wednesday, 16th April 2014

API Review of Books

Altitude BirdIssue 44
Features reviews by Kathleen Broderick, Linn Miller, Christine Choo, Bill Thorpe, David Ritter, Eve Vincent, Stephanie Bishop, Alison Miles, Richard Kay, Amanda Day, Bernard Whimpress, Mads Clausen, Marion May Campbell, Sylvia Alston, Catie Gilchrist, Eva Chapman, Lucy Dougan, Stephen Lawrence and Nathanael O'Reilly. Click here for more details.


Altitude BirdPopular Music: Practices, Formations and Change - Australian Perspectives
The papers collected here in this special edition of Altitude offer a brief snapshot of popular music research broadly connected with Australia. The essays demonstrate the variety of theoretical and methodological approaches used by researchers in the fields of popular music studies and cultural studies to explore themes of popular music practice, formation and change in an Australian context. Click here for more details.

Network Scholars

One Nation: Who's to Blame?

  • Paul Newman
    The 1998 Queensland election campaign demonstrated significant support for the One Nation party. This support was not predicated on the articulation of detailed policies or a platform of any great coherence: as has always been the case, the popularity stemmed from Pauline Hanson’s ability to speak publicly on ‘certain issues’, and the community rebirth promised by her pledge to save Australia ‘for the Australians’. While the positioning of conservative politicians in response to the One Nation phenomenon has varied — recognition of the strength of ...
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Network Review of Books

Raven Road (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Fiona Allon in the July 2002 issue.
    Working with flimsy historical evidence, unreliable witnesses, incomplete or non-existent archives, contradictory sources, and trails that lead nowhere is part and parcel of the daily grind of the historian. This is often accepted as the travail of writing history, as what must be endured and overcome in order to reach the point when, after much hard work, it is finally possible to produce the definitive account or at least a satisfying sense of closure. Yet in Cassandra Pybus' new work, Raven Road, a chronicle of her attempt to uncover the 'truth' about Lillian Alling, the woman who ... read more.

The Man from the Sunrise Side (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Christine Choo in the July 2003 issue.
    Oomarri, where Ambrose Mungala Chalarimeri was born, is an indescribably beautiful place on the King George River in the far north of Western Australia. It is only possible to reach there, the Sunrise Side, by helicopter or light plane or by driving long hours deep into the bush along unmarked dirt tracks. This is the country to which Ambrose Chalarimeri belongs and which he claims as his birthright. The Man from the Sunrise Side is the story of Chalarimeri, a remarkable man, who was taken to Kalumburu Mission (formerly Drysdale River Mission) when he was a child of six. He and his infant ... read more.

Heroes (2001)

  • imageReviewed by James Wells-Green in the November 2001 issue.
    This reissue of Heroes (1986) is timely insofar as it reminds us that the circumstances and conditions that caused the upheavals and conflicts that originally attracted Pilger's attention still exist. Of particular relevance to Australia is his account of the plight of the 'boat people', the estimated two million people who fled Vietnam in the late 1970s in the face of the Cambodian and Chinese invasions. The plight of refugees detained here is all too resonant of that faced by the original boat people. Our own authorities appear to suffer from the same 'disease' known as 'compassion fatigue' ... read more.

His Natural Life (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Graham Tulloch in the June 2003 issue.
    New editions of classic texts do not always strike the general public as particularly important or interesting. Nevertheless it is not too much to say that the appearance of a full scholarly edition of His Natural Life is an event of national significance. The greatness of the work and its historical importance (both as an evocation of the convict era and as a work that has been crucial in forming our attitudes to that era) would itself make this new edition significant; the complex and fascinating history of the shaping of the text makes it doubly so. Clarke originally wrote the novel for ... read more.

Until the Last Symphony Rises (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Gail Taylor in the January 2003 issue.
    Complex and Personal, Until the Last Symphony Rises, by Helen Hagemann, is an aria to all things female. Her use of language is infused with the sensual details of one attuned to life's mysteries: the fruit and the blood of life; how longing for love often leads to anguish, and then yet to wisdom. The 63-page book is divided into four sections: within borders, eros, femmes, and other-wise. Hagemann's poems are dense on the page and yet reveal a lyricism that works as a counterweight to her words, rich in syntax. It's almost as if Hagemann is working from her own vocabulary of all things ... read more.

Roundabout at Bangalow: An Intimate Chronicle (2001)

  • imageReviewed by Melissa Bellanta in the Dec 2001-Jan 2002 issue.
    Shirley Walker and Margaret Gee have recently produced works concerned with personal and family memory. Both Roundabout at Bangalow and A Long Way From Silver Creek range across the history of twentieth century Australia. Each canvasses sagas of courtship, marriage, separation and childbirth; chronicling the impact of the 1930s depression, the second world war, and the tenor of country life. Each book spans generations in its telling, interweaving the perspectives of extended family members with that of its respective author. In spite of these similarities, there is much that is different ... read more.

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