Tag: Books

Gordon Brown: Boris Johnson’s mistakes could still catch up with him

Exclusive: ex-PM cites example of Margaret Thatcher whose political demise came soon after landslide win Boris Johnson’s conduct in office could still sink him despite his buoyancy in opinion polls, Gordon Brown has said, recalling the demise of Margaret Thatcher three years after a landslide election victory because “mistakes … caught up with her”. The […]

Who killed summertime? How do we trace the complex roots of responsibility?

Shining a light on an evil killer is easy and satisfying. It drives the script of the tales in which we absorb ourselves as we retreat from a world become too much When I was growing up, one of my parents’ favourite albums was a live recording of a Pete Seeger concert called We Shall […]

Racism burns Australia like pox and plague. We’re not all in this together | Kim Scott

Aboriginal heritage and the natural environment need to be at the centre of national reconstruction This is part of a series of essays by Australian writers responding to the challenges of 2020 Fire, flood and plague. Toilet rolls and mental health. Injections of bleach and sunlight. For a studied introvert with a writer’s routines, the […]

Charlotte McConaghy: The Last Migration author on melancholy and writing during a pandemic

The Sydney-based novelist took inspiration from Toni Morrison to write the book she wanted to read It’s the near future. Animal populations have plummeted and 80% of species are extinct. The forests are so rare that you need to make a booking to visit one. Commercial fishing faces prohibition and, when vessels take to the […]

The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy review – aching, poignant and pressing debut

The dreamy, slippery novel melds adventure with climate fiction, as its protagonist follows the last remaining Arctic terns on their final migration amid mass extinction • This piece is part of a new weekly series of Australian book reviews, funded by Copyright Agency “The animals are dying. Soon we will be alone here.” These two […]

Could bringing Neanderthals back to life save the environment? The idea is not quite science fiction | James Bradley

The climate emergency is unsettling our future, and erasing what we thought was certain about the past In 2015, flooding exposed the frozen bodies of two cave lion cubs in the Yakutia region of Russia. Members of a species that vanished at the end of the last Ice Age, the pair were buried approximately 12,000 […]

Footprints by David Farrier review – fossils of the Anthropocene

From nuclear waste to huge numbers of jellyfish … what signs will future generations find of today’s ecological crisis? David Farrier’s idea in this book is to try and imagine our present moment of climate and ecological crisis from a far-distant future. What fossil traces will post-industrial human civilisation leave behind for the future to […]

‘Air is cleaner than before the Industrial Revolution’: a best case scenario for the climate in 2050

The Future We Choose, a new book by the architects of the Paris climate accords, offers contrasting visions for how the world might look in thirty years (read the worst case scenario here) • Christiana Figueres, author: ‘This is the decade and we are the generation’ It is 2050. We have been successful at halving […]

Jonathan Safran Foer: I’ve got no beef with his plan to save the planet | Rebecca Nicholson

The US novelist has come up with a way to wean people off their taste for animal products Jonathan Safran Foer published Eating Animals in 2009. I didn’t read it until 2015, because I had a feeling that it would be persuasive and I would have to stop eating meat, which I found delicious, especially […]