To begin we have two very new releases in the field of disability and illness. The first is Growing Up Disabled in Australia (2021) which is the latest in the “in Australia” series that includes Growing Up Aboriginal and Growing Up Queer amongst others. It is edited by the indomitable Carly Findlay and includes a range of contributors.
Being Non-Fiction November there was, as can be expected, an array of titles and subject matters covered in this month’s reviews. It was great to see. I’ve highlighted a few in particular from each general non-fiction category that appeared and it speaks to the broadness and diversity of the genre, ranging from the literary to books about climate change to self-help titles.
Since our round up includes both non-fiction and poetry it is perhaps inevitable that one of the persistent undercurrents will be the closeness of the personal and the political. Many of the reviews this month fall under this category in some way. They are books that are genre-resistant, boundary-pushing pieces of collective art or culturally responsive writing that imbue the tensely political climate of the times with raw emotion and beautiful expressions of social critique.