Book Review highlights for 2021

2021 was not the greatest year of our lives but, for avid readers, it has had some terrific highlights. Here are my selections for the best of – would love to hear which books gave you the most pleasure. 

Overall favourites/champions

After Story – Larissa Behrendt; and Kazuo Ishiguro – Klara and the Sun

Best biography

James Campbell – Talking at the Gates: A Life of James Baldwin

Best political histories

Johanna Perheentupa – Redfern: Aboriginal Activism in the 1970s; Carolyn Collins – Save our Sons: Women, Dissent and Conscription during the Vietnam War.

Australian history

Henry Reynolds – Truth-Telling: History, sovereignty and the Uluru Statement

Short stories

Alice Munro – Too Much Happiness. 


Anne Cleves – The Darkest Evening


David Brooks – The Second Mountain: The quest for a moral life

Happy holiday reading!