y Australian Book Review periodical  
Alternative title: ABR
Date: 1961
Date: 1962-1964
Date: 1965-1973
Date: 1978-1986
Date: 1986-1988
Date: 1988-1989
Date: 1989-1994
Date: 1994-2000
Date: 2001-
Issue Details: First known date: 1961; Latest issue indexed: 2016 1961
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

The Australian Book Review (ABR) was established in 1961 to provide a forum for the review of new Australian books. Editors, Max Harris and Geoffrey Dutton, planned to 'notice' or review every new Australian book, but this desire proved difficult to realise due to a rising number of books and the difficulty of defining what an Australian book was. Neverthless, ABR employed a range of reviewers to provide general readers with authoritative assessments of important books. These reviewers included Frank Kellaway, Olaf Ruhen, Vale Lindsay, Tom Shapcott, Brian Dibble, Bruce Beaver and Don Watson.

Rosemary Wighton became co-editor in 1962 after acting as associate editor for a short time. She and Harris remained co-editors of ABR until 1973 when the magazine ceased operation after finding it increasingly difficult to meet production costs. An attempt was made by the newly formed National Book Council (NBC) to buy ABR, but, due to legal technicalities, this was not possible at that time. In 1978, John McLaren convinced the NBC to revive ABR and the magazine was adopted as the official organ of the NBC.

John McLaren was appointed editor, proceeding in a manner similar to the first series by attempting to review all Australian books; but he also faced problems of space and definition. In 1986 Kerryn Goldsworthy replaced McLaren as editor, and introduced a stronger concentration on women's issues. Louise Adler followed Goldsworthy as editor in 1988 and attempted to provoke debate by commissioning controversial reviews, but her term concluded within twelve months. Rosemary Sorenson was appointed editor in 1989, bringing a lighter tone and a desire to attract a new readership with younger writers. Sorenson was assisted by major sponsorship from Telecom, allowing her to fund a series of essays. While ABR had always published features on various topics, the sponsorship gave the essays a more significant place. The essay feature has continued with similar sponsorship from the National Library of Australia and La Trobe University.

Helen Daniel edited ABR from 1994 until her death in 2000. She lifted the profile of the magazine by organising several series of public forums and encouraged new writers with competitions for fiction and reviewing. During this time, the NBC wound down its operations after a significant proportion of its government funding was withdrawn. This had an immediate effect on the stability of ABR, forcing the magazine to separate from its parent body and publish independently.

Peter Rose was appointed editor in January 2001 and has since expanded the scope of ABR by actively commissioning poetry and fiction. Rose also developed a sponsorship scheme to support the work of ABR. In 2002 La Trobe University became the Chief Sponsor of ABR, with the National Library of Australia as its National Sponsor. Three years later Flinders University became another key sponsor and in 2007 the wealth management group Ord Minnett took on the role of exclusive corporate sponsor.

Notes

  • RANGE: 1961-1974; 1978-
  • FREQUENCY: Monthly, (1961-Apr. 1971); Quarterly (June 1971-Nov. 1973); Monthly (June 1978- 1993); 10 issues per annum (1994- )
  • SIZE: 36cm (1961-1971); 32cm (1972-1973); 27cm (1978-1985); 26cm (1986- ); between 20-64 pages
  • PRICE: one shilling and ninepence (1961-1963); two shillings and sixpence (1963-1964); three shillings (1965); thirty-five cents (1966-1967); forty-five cents (1967-1969); fifty cents (1969-1971); $1.50 (1971-1974); $2 (1978-1982) $2.50 (1983); $3 (1984-1987); $3.50 (1987- 1988); $3.95 (1988-1989); $4.95 (1989-1997); $5.95 (1997- 2000); $6.55 (2000- )

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1961

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The Long and the Shortish Robert Manne , 2014 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 359 2014;
The Athens of the South Alison Broinowski , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adelaide : A Literary City 2014; (p. 147-161)
Advances 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 342 2012; (p. 1, 4)
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Advances 2012 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 343 2012; (p. 1)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on ABR's move from its premises in Bridge Rd, Richmond to the newly renovated J. H. Boyd Girls' High School site, located in Melbourne's Southbank precinct.
Undercover Susan Wyndham , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 November 2012; (p. 29)
A column canvassing current literary news including the projected annual appointment of a critic to the Australian Book Review periodical; announcement of the Big Fat Poetry Pig-Out event by Hampress, 2 December 2012; the winners of the Waverley Library Award for Literature, Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize, 2012; and the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, People's Choice Award shortlist.
Advances 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 328 2011; (p. 1)

A column canvassing current literary news including a brief comment on the closure of Heat magazine as a print publication and an acknowledgement of the death of Ruth Park.

The column also notes the end of ABR's printed annual index. The index for 2010 is published on ABR's website, as will be the case for future annual indexes.

Bookmarks Jason Steger , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 2 April 2011; (p. 35)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the appointment of Ben Ball as publishing director for Penguin General. Jason Steger also notes the advent of Australian Book Review's online edition, first published on 1 April 2011.
Advances 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 330 2011; (p. 1)
A column canvassing current literary news including a brief comment on the launch of ABR's online edition. 'Advances' also acknowledges the sudden death of Hazel Rowley.
No More, the Temple of Doom Jason Steger , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 29 May 2010; (p. 27)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report that Peter Temple has withdrawn Truth from the 2010 Ned Kelly Awards to, in Temple's own words, 'clear some small space for the many talented crime writers who haven't won a Ned or been shortlisted'. Jason Steger also reports on a new novel by David Owen in the Pufferfish series and on Australian Book Review's bid to attract more philanthropic donors.
Launching the Scheme 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 323 2010; (p. 5)
A column reporting on the 2 June 2010 launch of ABR's Patrons Scheme. David Malouf spoke at the launch on the importance of magazines in the literary culture. The Patrons Scheme will fund 'selected articles in each issue of ABR and ... a new project, the ABR Patrons' Fellowships'. The Fellowships will take the form of sponsoring 'a substantial article, either a profile of a major literary figure or a discursive essay with literary/cultural themes'.
The Fun of Fiction Jason Steger , 2010 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 17 July 2010; (p. 26-27) The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 July 2010; (p. 30-31)
Advances 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 316 2009; (p. 1)
A column canvassing current literary news including reports on Australian Book Review's 'Favourite Australian Novel' poll and the magazine's re-developed website.
'Long Live Independent Publishing' Peter Rose , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 20)
Untitled Inga Clendinnen , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 20)
Untitled Glyn Davis , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 20)
Untitled Morag Fraser , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 20-21)
Untitled Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 21)
Untitled Richard Walsh , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 21)
Untitled Geordie Williamson , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 21)
Creatively Speaking, Never Mind the Width, Feel the Quality Robert Dessaix , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 June 1990; (p. rev 6)

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Untitled R. Bell , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 July 1978; (p. 17)

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Untitled B. Elliott , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 19 August 1978; (p. 23)

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Untitled D. J. Jones , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Library Journal , vol. 27 no. 1978; (p. 295)

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Untitled Judah Waten , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 July 1978; (p. 23)

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The Oily Ratbag and the Recycled Waratah: Early Years of ABR Kerryn Goldsworthy , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 250 2003; (p. 23-24)
Goldsworthy recalls the earliest issues of Australian Book Review from the era 1961-1973 (prior to the journal's publishing hiatus and its revival in 1978).
The Art of Review Explores Deeper Strata Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 4 May 2003; (p. 12)
The Missing Five Years Thomas Shapcott , 2003 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 251 2003; (p. 4)
ABR Forever! Peter Beilharz , 2003 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 251 2003; (p. 4)
Room for Improvement Laurie Hergenhan , 2004 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 260 2004; (p. 4)
'Long May They Rave!': Criticism and Magazines Peter Rose , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Readers, Writers, Publishers : Essays and Poems 2004; (p. 107-113)
The Sound and the Fury: Uneasy Times for Hacks and Critics Peter Rose , 2004-2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 267 2004-2005; (p. 29-34)
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ABR's New Home in Adelaide 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 272 2005; (p. 1)
A Statistical Objection Chilla Bulbeck , 2005 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 273 2005; (p. 7)
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— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 September 1994; (p. 28)
Farewell to Aviva Tuffield 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 281 2006; (p. 1)
Changes at ABR 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 281 2006; (p. 1)
Not Short of a Word 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 283 2006; (p. 1)
A column canvassing current news at Australian Book Review and, more generally, in the world of Australian literature.
More than a Recorder Peter Rose , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 286 2006; (p. 1)
Australian Book Review's editor reports on a survey of the magazine's readers.
New Partner for ABR 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 290 2007; (p. 1)
A column canvassing current literary news including the announcement of wealth management group Ord Minnett's corporate sponsorship of Australian Book Review.
Snitch 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 4 April 2007; (p. 40)
Patronage and ABR 2007 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 293 2007; (p. 1)
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'Long Live Independent Publishing' Peter Rose , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 20)
Untitled Inga Clendinnen , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 300 2008; (p. 20)

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ISSN: 0004-8755
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