The Best Australian Essays 2016

The Best Australian Essays The essay creates a place for slow thought on hectic subjects and that is what the best of this year s crop manage to do Geordie WilliamsonIn The Best Australian Essays Geordie Williamson curat

  • Title: The Best Australian Essays 2016
  • Author: Geordie Williamson Maggie MacKellar Tegan Bennett Daylight Jennifer Mills Fiona McGregor Michelle de Kretser Jo Chandler Anna Spargo-Ryan
  • ISBN: 9781863958851
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • The essay creates a place for slow thought on hectic subjects, and that is what the best of this year s crop manage to do Geordie WilliamsonIn The Best Australian Essays 2016, Geordie Williamson curates the year s best non fiction writing from Australia s finest writers The result is a collection that reads as a wake up call from Jo Chandler on the devastating bleach The essay creates a place for slow thought on hectic subjects, and that is what the best of this year s crop manage to do Geordie WilliamsonIn The Best Australian Essays 2016, Geordie Williamson curates the year s best non fiction writing from Australia s finest writers The result is a collection that reads as a wake up call from Jo Chandler on the devastating bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef and Richard Flanagan on the Syrian exodus to Kurdish Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani s inside account of life on Manus Island There is also space for Bowie, TV box sets and Aussie rules Spanning politics, music, literature, art, ecology, linguistics and , this anthology showcases the nation s most eloquent and insightful writing.

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    1. Finish date: 12 December 2017Genre: non-fiction Rating: BReview: There are many writers I have yet to discover.Editor G. Williamson has made some hard decisions andnarrowed his selections to 29 TOP Australian essays 2016.The essays I liked the most were personal essays.Essays are more real than fiction….The personal essay is like an offering, a hand…aching out in a gesture of connection.Last thoughts: This is a perfect Xmas gift for thatperson in your life who says: "I just don't have the ti [...]

    2. Some real gold in here. I found Anna Spargo-Ryan, Behrooz Bouchani, Richard Flanagan and Julian Burnside's essays to be standouts. As with any anthology some works will appeal more than others, and reviews of particular books are probably best appreciated by those who have read the original!

    3. I always find these collections of essays worthwhile although several were very sombre reading particularly that of American Gun control and the conditions refugees endure in offshore detention.

    4. I used to read this set of essays each year but had got out of the habit (until a friend reminded me about them). I’m not generally a reader of non-fiction but I did appreciate these pieces because they made me think more deeply than usual about current affairs and also explore in a more nuanced and original way enduring issues such as grief, old age and the importance of the natural world. Of course some subjects did not interest me and I happily skipped those and went on to the next essay. [...]

    5. I enjoy reading essays such as those in The Monthly or The Quarterly Essay, but I guess I wouldnt choose to read so many one after the other as I had to do in this case, as it was a library book. I particularly liked the analysis of the Neapolitan novels, of which I am completely enamoured. But there are many worthwhile reads here and something for most people who have a political or literary bent.

    6. Excellent selection of essays, the majority of which are very readable even without a familiarity with the topic.

    7. It was refreshing to read essays and understand them, not only in terms of the content, in terms of my own, confused, Australian identity. I was moved by almost every single essay. As I read the essays I felt like fragments of the Australian psyche revealed themselves to me in a visceral way, something that non-Australian essays haven't offered. Amongst the gold - Julian Burnside, Mireille Juchau, Jennifer Mills, Jo Chandler, Richard Flanagan, Guy Rundle - there were some essays less striking to [...]

    8. I don't often read non-fiction but was persuaded to give this book a try after reading a review of it in the Sydney Morning Herald and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The range of topics and issues explored in this collection - from the plight of refugees to anorexia nervosa to David Bowie - made it a stimulating and enjoyable read. The range of different kinds of "essays" was also broad, including journalistic articles, auto-biographical writing and "creative non-fiction", bo [...]

    9. Great collection of essays, definitely recommend. Standout essays were from Ashley Hay, Rebecca Giggs, Fiona Wright, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Galarrwuy Yunupingu and Richard Flanagan.

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