Down-to-earth advice

REVIEW BY CATH JAMES

BOOK | COMING BACK TO EARTH | JONATHAN CORNFORD

It is rare to find a book that challenges the reader to confront ethical decisions about how to live and engage in social change while recognising there is ...

Creation stories

REVIEW BY GARTH JONES

MUSEUM | ON THE ORIGIN OF ART, MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW ART, HOBART TASMANIA

To paraphrase Monty Python’s Life of Brian, MONA Museum figurehead David Walsh is not the art world’s Messiah, he’s just a very naughty ...

Counting blessings

REVIEW BY HARRIET ZIEGLER

BOOK SET | SPINIFEX BLESSING | JULIE PERRIN

The title of this delightful set of three booklets by Julie Perrin is both tantalising and telling.

Tantalising because we might wonder, why spinifex? An Australian plant so common ...

Oddly Familiar

REVIEW BY PENNY MULVEY

PLAY | THE ODD COUPLE

It must be equal parts delight and terror as an actor to step into a role so familiar to the audience. Shaun Micallef and Francis Greenslade have ...

Building for the future

REVIEW BY SUZANNE YANKO

BOOK | MAKING PROPERTY SERVE MISSION | FRED BATTERTON

The author lays it on the line in his introduction. “My two passions are architecture and my Christian faith”. Fred Batterton’s new book Making property serve mission, subtitled ...

Battle with blasphemy

REVIEW BY TIM LAM

BOOK | BLASPHEMY: THE TRUE HEART-BREAKING STORY OF THE WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH OVER A CUP OF WATER | ASIA BIBI

Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi has been languishing on death row for the past seven years. ...

Standing strong

Review by PENNY MULVEY

BOOK | CHILD, ARISE! THE COURAGE TO STAND. A SPIRITUAL HANDBOOK FOR SURVIVORS OF SEXUAL ABUSE | JANE N. DOWLING

Jane Dowling is a member of an international Catholic missionary community, serving within the community in prayer ...

Working Class Hero

FILM |I, DANIEL BLAKE | MA

Review by EMMET O’CUANA

Director Ken Loach opens his latest cinematic polemic with a simple title sequence against a black screen. We hear two voices speak. Their conversation is initially stilted and formal and then slowly ...

Unpolished silver

REVIEW BY EMMET O’CUANA

BOOK | THE SILVER BARON’S WIFE | DONNA BAIER STEIN

Donna Baier Stein’s fictionalised account of Elizabeth ‘Baby Doe’ McCourt Tabor promises much. Here was a woman who lived an incredible life in the latter-half of the ...

Judging Jonah

REVIEW BY BOB FASER

BOOK | SYMPATHY FOR JONAH: REFLECTIONS ON HUMILIATION, TERROR, AND THE POLITICS OF ENEMY-LOVE | DAVID BENJAMIN BLOWER

David Blower’s brief (60 pages) ...