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True Relations: Reading, Literature, and Evidence in Seventeenth-Century England – Book Review

Frances Dolan’s True Relations: Reading, Literature, and Evidence in Seventeenth-Century England is a textual journey into the meaning of ‘true relations’, which refers, in simple terms, to the credible reportage of happenings often backed up with well-intentioned documentation attesting to one account’s worthiness over any other ‘true relation’. Dolan is keenly interested in debates surrounding…

Delving beyond the politicised asylum seeker debate

More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees Rosemary Sayer Margaret River Press As the major political parties in Australia shifted into election mode earlier this year, the topic of refugees was almost always one that elicited an emotional response, with questions like ‘who are these people?’, ‘why did they come here?’ and ‘why should we…

What it means to be a refugee in Australia

Younis Yousefi, My House, 2004, unfired clay handpainted Pictures in my Heart: Seeking Refuge – Afghanistan to Australia Fiona Hamilton Wakefield Press Noted French novelist Marcel Proust once claimed that “only through art can we emerge from ourselves and know what another person sees”. In Fiona Hamilton’s book Pictures in my Heart, Seeking Refuge –…

War Through a Womans Eyes: Book Review

Book review by Samaya Borom Australian Women War Reporters: Boer War to Vietnam | Jeannine Baker | NewSouth Publishing War reporting has traditionally evoked images of fearless and iconic men like Ernest Hemingway, Neil Davis and Father Francis Timoney, who reported directly from the battlelines, took risks and waxed lyrical about the destruction they witnessed…