2014-15 AWW Nonfiction Books Reviewed by Male Critics in MSM

The following nonfiction books by Australian women, 2014-15 publications, were reviewed by male critics in mainstream media (MSM) according to the 2015 Stella Count.

Note: Links to online sources, where found; indication given if not also reviewed by a female critic; * denotes not reviewed for AWW.

  1. Acker, Kathy and McKenzie Wark. I’m Very Into You: Correspondence 1995-1996. Reviewed by Ashley Crawford in The Age.*
  2. Adelaide, Debra. The Simple Act of Reading. Reviewed by Anson Cameron in The Age.
  3. Alexander, Alison. Beneath the Mountain: A History of South Hobart. Reviewed by Peter Timms in The Mercury – Weekend Tasmania. (sole MSM review)
  4. Allen, Traudi. John Perceval: Art and Life. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  5. Avieson, Bunty. The Dragon’s Voice. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age, Peter Timms in The Mercury – Weekend Hobart.*
  6. Bamford, Mike and Mandy Bamford. The Wild Side: Chronicles of Nature, Part One. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  7. Barrett, Jennifer and Jacquiline Millner. Australian Artists in the Contemporary Museum. Reviewed by Peter Hill in Australian Book Review.* (sole MSM review)
  8. Barry, Bernice. Georgiana Molloy: The Mind that Shines. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian.
  9. Batty, Rose and Bryce Corbett. A Mother’s Story. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age.
  10. Baxter, Carol. Black Widow: The True Story of Australia’s First Serial Killer. Reviewed by Derek Pedley, Advertiser, Tom Gilling in Weekend Australian.
  11. Beaumont, Joan. Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War. Reviewed by Greg Lockhard in Sydney Review of Books. (sole MSM review)
  12. Bennett, James, Nancy Cushing and Erik Eklund. Radical Newcastle. Reviewed by Jack Marx in Weekend Australian. (sole MSM review)
  13. Bird, Carmel. Fair Game: A Tasmanian Memoir. Reviewed by Peter Craven in The Age. (sole MSM review)
  14. Bird, Delys and Tony Hughes-D’Aeth. Westerly 59.2. Reviewed by Luke Johnson in Australian Book Review.*
  15. Bligh, Anna. Through the Wall: Reflections on Leadership, Love and Survival. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age, David Martus in Books+Publishing, Lyndon Megarrity in Australian Book Review, Richard Ferguson in Weekend Australian. (not reviewed by female critic for MSM)
  16. Boccabella, Zoe. Joe’s Fruit Shop and Milk Bar. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age.* (sole MSM review)
  17. Bourke, Latika. From India With Love. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age.* (sole MSM review)
  18. Bruhn, Cameron and Katelin Butler. The Terrace House. Reviewed by Simon Hughes in the AFR Magazine.* (sole MSM review)
  19. Bungey, Darleen. John Olsen: An Artist’s Life. Reviewed by Barry Pearce in The Age, Patrick McCaughey in Australian Book Review.* (not reviewed by a female critic for MSM)
  20. Caro, Jane. Plain-speaking Jane. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian.
  21. Churcher, Betty. The Forgotten Notebook. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age.* (sole MSM review)
  22. Coetzee, JM and Arabella Kurtz. The Good Story. Reviewed by Simon Hughes in the AFR Magazine.*
  23. Connors, Libby. Warrior: A Legendary Leader’s Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier. Reviewed by Rohan Wilson in Weekend Australian. (sole MSM review)
  24. Crawford, Anwen. Hole’s Live Through This. Reviewed by James Tierney in Weekend Australian.*
  25. Critchley, Cheryl and Helen McGrath. Why Did They Do It? Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age, Kit Galer in Courier Mail.*
  26. Damiani, Stephen, Sally Damiani and Leah Kaminsky. Cracking the Code. Reviewed by John Ross in Weekend Australian.*
  27. Dinan, Jacqueline. Between the Dances. Reviewed by Warren Brewer in The Mercury – Weekend Tasmania.* (sole MSM review)
  28. Dubecki, Larissa. Prick with a Fork: The World’s Worst Waitress Spills the Beans. Reviewed by David Free in Weekend Australian. [food critic]
  29. Erikson, Dorothy. Inspired by Light and Land. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian. (sole MSM review)
  30. Evans Steggall. Interestingly Enough…The Life of Tom Keneally. Reviewed by Chris Harrington in Books+Publishing, Gerard Windsor in Weekend Australian.* (not reviewed by a female critic MSM)
  31. Falkiner, Suzanne. Mrs Mort’s Madness. Reviewed by Warren Fahey in The Age.* [true crime] (sole MSM review)
  32. Fitzpatrick, Sheila. On Stalin’s Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics. Reviewed by Ian Cummins in The Age.*
  33. Flynn, Hazel. History’s Most Daring Moments. Reviewed by David Bradbury in The Advertiser.* (sole MSM review)
  34. Frame, Chris and Rachelle Cross. 175 Years of Cunard. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  35. Gibb, Margi. Kissed by a Deer. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age.* (sole MSM review)
  36. Gleeson-White, Jane. Six Capitals: The Revolution Capitalism Has to Have – or Can Accountants Save the Planet. Reviewed by Frank Carrigan in Weekend Australian. (sole MSM review)
  37. Grant, Kristy, Beckett Rozentals and Peter Anderson. (eds) Order and Variation: Robert Jacks. Reviewed by Peter Hill in Australian Book Review.* (sole MSM review)
  38. Grenville, Kate.  One Life: My Mother’s Story. Reviewed by Peter Craven in The Age.
  39. Griffen-Foley, Bridget. (ed)  A Companion to the Australian Media. Reviewed by Geoffrey Blainey in Australian Book Review.*
  40. Gunningham, Sue. All the Days After. Reviewed by Max Oliver in Books+Publishing [paywall].*
  41. Hamid, Mustafa and Leah Farrell. The Arabs at War In Afghanistan. Reviewed by John Zubrzycki in Weekend Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  42. Hay, Ashley. The Best Australian Science Writing. Reviewed by John Ross in Weekend Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  43. Highley, Kerry. Dancing in My Dreams: Confronting the Spectre of Polio. Reviewed by David Martus in Books+Publishing.*
  44. Hitchcock, Karen. Dear Life: On Caring for the Elderly. Reviewed by Andrew McMillen in Weekend Australian.
  45. Hocking, Amanda. The Dismissal Dossier: Everything You Were Never Meant to Know about November 1975. Reviewed by Dylan Caporn in West Australian, Michael Sexton in The Age. [Check link] Also reviewed in The Saturday Paper (reviewer gender unidentified). (no named female reviewer in MSM)
  46. Howard, Ann. A Carefree War: The Hidden History of Australian WWII Child Evacuees. Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald in Weekend Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  47. Howarth, Kate. Settling Day: A Memoir. Reviewed by Michael McGirr in SMH/The Age, Peter Kirkwood in Weekend Australian.*
  48. Howe, Renate, David Nichols and Graeme Davison. Trendyville: The Battle for Australia’s Inner Cities. Reviewed by Frank Bongiorno in Australian Book Review.* (sole MSM review)
  49. Hunt, Deb. Australian Farming Families. Reviewed by Simon Hughes in the AFR Magazine.*
  50. Katsonis, Maria. The Good Greek Girl. Reviewed by Michael McGirr in SMH/The Age.*
  51. Keller, Amanda. Natural Born Keller. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in SMH/The Age. (sole MSM review)
  52. Koenig, Cheryl. With Just One Suitcase. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in SMH/The Age.* (sole MSM review) Also article, “Two boys from war-torn Romania reunited in Sydney 25 years later” in Tim Barlass for SMH/The Age.
  53. Korporaal, Glenda. Making Magic: The Marion Mahony Griffin Story. Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald in Weekend Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  54. Kyriacou, Kate. The Sting. Reviewed by Derek Pedley, Advertiser. (sole MSM review)
  55. Lamb, Karen. Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather. Reviewed by Chris Harrington in Books+Publishing [paywall], Geordie Williamson in Weekend Australian.
  56. Laugesen, Amanda. Furphies and Whizz Bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War. Reviewed by John Arnold in Australian Book Review.* (sole MSM review)
  57. Lipski, Sam and Suzanne Rutland. Let My People Go: The Untold story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89. Reviewed by Ross Fitzgerald in Weekend Australian.* (not reviewed by female critic for MSM)
  58. Llewellyn, Kate. A Fig at the Gate. Reviewed by John Newton in SMH/The Age.
  59. Lynch, Andrew, Nicola McGarrity and George Williams. Inside Australia’s Anti-Terrorism Laws and Trials. Reviewed by David Cusworth, West Australian, Jeff Sparrow in Sydney Review of Books.*
  60. McGuinness, Phillipa (ed). Copyfight. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age, David Dunstan in Books+Publishing, Roy Williams in Weekend Australian, Stuart Glover in Sydney Review of Books.*
  61. McSorley, Julie and Marcus. Out of the Box. Reviewed by David Bradbury in The Advertiser.*
  62. Margo, Jill. Frank Lowy: A Second Life. Reviewed by Brian Matthews in Australian Book Review, Derek Parker in Weekend Australian, Richard Evans in Advertiser.* (not reviewed by a female critic for MSM)
  63. Mathison, Robyn and Robert Cox. (eds) Behind the Masks: Gwen Hardwood Remembered by her Friends. Reviewed by Peter Timms in The Mercury – Weekend Hobart. (sole MSM review)
  64. Miller, Patti. Ransacking Paris. Reviewed by Barry Reynolds in Courier-Mail.
  65. Modjeska, Drusilla. Second Half First: A Memoir. Reviewed by Gerard Elson in Books+Publishing.
  66. Monteath, Peter and Valerie Munt. Red Professor: The Cold War Life of Fred Rose. Reviewed by Nicolas Rothwell in Weekend Australian.*
  67. Morgan, Ruth. Running Out? Water in Western Australia. Reviewed by Billy Griffiths in Australian Book Review, Richard King in Weekend Australian.* (not reviewed by a female critic for MSM)
  68. Nelson, Camilla, Deborah Pike and Georgina Ledvinka. On Happiness: New ideas for the twenty-first century. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian.*
  69. Neumann, Klaus and Janna Thompson. Historical Justice and Memory. Reviewed by Ian Ravenscroft in Australian Book Review.* (sole MSM review)
  70. Niall, Brenda. Mannix. Reviewed by Chris Saliba in Books+Publishing, Michael McGirr in SMH/The Age, Peter Craven in Sydney Review of Books, Simon Caterson in Australian Book Review.* (not reviewed by a female critic for MSM)
  71. Nogrady, Bianca. The Best Australian Science Writing. Reviewed by Simon Caterson in The Age. (sole MSM review)
  72. Noske, Catherine. Westerly 60.2. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  73. O’Neil, Clare and Tim Watts. Two Futures. Reviewed by Jonathan Green in SMH/The Age.*
  74. Ormsby, Eileen. Silk Road: The Shocking True Story of the World’s Most Notorious Online Drug Market. Reviewed by Simon Caterson in Weekend Australian. (sole MSM review)
  75. Oxley, Jeremy and Mary Oxley Griffiths. Here Comes the Sun: The Love Story that Saved a Man From Destruction and Reunited Sunnyboys. Reviewed by Andrew McMillen in Weekend Australian, Noel Mengel in Courier Mail, Owen Richardson in The Sunday Age.*
  76. Pomeranz, Margaret and Philippa Whitfield Pomeranz. Let’s Eat. Reviewed by Tim White in Books+Publishing. (sole MSM review)
  77. Radbourne, Jennifer and Kenneth Watkins. Philanthropy and the Arts. Reviewed by Christopher Menz in Australian Book Review.* (sole MSM review)
  78. Rayson, Hannie. Hello Beautiful! Scenes from a Life. Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead in Weekend Australian, Peter Kenneally in The Age. Not reviewed by a female critic for MSM.
  79. Renshaw, Mary, John D’Arcy and Gabby D’Arcy. Live Wire. Reviewed by Nick Hopton in Advertiser.*
  80. Rickard, Suzanne. Sailing with Cook. Reviewed by David Bradbury in The Advertiser.* (sole MSM review)
  81. Roginski, Alexandra. The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery. Reviewed by Tom Gilling in Weekend Australian.
  82. Sayer, Rosemary. More to the Story: Conversations with Refugees. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age, Chris Saliba in Books+Publishing.* (not reviewed by female critic for MSM)
  83. Scates, Bruce, Rebecca Wheatley and Laura James. World War One: A History in 100 Stories. Reviewed by Ian McPhedran in Courier Mail.* (sole MSM review)
  84. Schwartz, Adam and Aviva Lowy. Mum, I Wish I Was Dead. Reviewed by Michael McGirr in SMH/The Age.* (sole MSM review)
  85. Sharpe, Terri et al. Surfing Margaret River. Reviewed by William Yeoman in The West Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  86. Siemienowicz, Rochelle. Fallen: A Memoir About Sex, Religion and Marrying Too Young. Reviewed by Nick Hopton in Advertiser, Peter Kirkwood in Weekend Australian.
  87. Singer, Renata. Older and Bolder: Life After Sixty. Reviewed by Peter Biegler in SMH/The Age.*
  88. Starford, Rebecca. Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School. Reviewed by Michael McGirr in SMH/The Age.
  89. Steggall, Stephany Evans. Interestingly Enough… The Life of Thomas Keneally. Reviewed by Peter Craven in The Sunday Age, Peter Pierce in The Age. (not reviewed by female critic for MSM)
  90. Sussex, Lucy. Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab. Reviewed by David Martus in Books+Publishing, John Arnold in Australian Book Review, Peter Pierce in Weekend Australian, Simon Caterson in SMH/The Age.
  91. Szubanski, Magda. Reckoning: A Memoir. Reviewed by Cameron Woodhead in The Age, Peter Craven in Weekend Australian, Richard Ferguson in The Sunday Age.
  92. Taylor, Craig and Melinda Graefe. A Sense for Humanity: The Ethical Thought of Raimond Gaita. Reviewed by Richard King in Weekend Australian.* (sole MSM review)
  93. Teplitzky, Gretta and Michael Teplitzky. The Best of Gretta Anna with Martin Teplitzky. Reviewed by Christopher Menz in Australian Book Review.* (sole MSM review)
  94. Tingle, Laura. Political Amnesia. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age, Richard Ferguson in Weekend Australian.
  95. Toohill, Trudy. The Reporting of Ned Kelly and The Kelly Gang. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in SHM/The Age.* (sole MSM review)
  96. vanden Driesen, Cynthia and Bill Ashcroft. The Legacy of a Prodigal Son. Reviewed by Peter Pierce in The Age. [Patrick White’s Legacy]* (sole MSM review)
  97. Wasowski, Vera and Robert Hillman. Vera. Reviewed by Steven Carroll in The Age.*
  98. Whitehead, Anne. Betsy and the Emperor: The True Story of Napoleon, A Pretty Girl, A Regency Rake and An Australian Colonial Misadventure. Reviewed by Philip Dwyer in SMH/The Age.* (sole MSM review)
  99. Williams, Lesley and Tammy. Not Just Black and White. Reviewed by David Gaunt in Books+Publishing.* (sole MSM review)
  100. Wills, Gillian. Elvis and Me [Note: Elvis is a horse]. Reviewed by Peter Pierce in Weekend Australian.*
  101. Woollacott, Angela. Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture. Reviewed by Alan Atkinson in Australian Book Review. (sole MSM review)
  102. Wyld, Evie. Everything is Teeth. Reviewed by Chris Flynn in Australian Book Review. Reviewed by Robert Drewe in SMH/The Age.*

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List compiled November 2016. If you find any errors or broken links, please let us know via our contact page.

* denotes not reviewed for AWW challenge (as of Nov 2016)