Very brief reviews of 2004 publications. Helen Elliott reviews general fiction titles, James Hall reviews non-fiction and Robin Wallace-Crabbe and Graeme Blundell review crime. A number of Australian titles are included in the list.
Conrad believes that 'Australians abroad are pilgrims intent on losing their faith not confirming it. They delight in disproving Europe's sense of priority.' Hence, 'Australians are unlikely to be seduced by an old world they have not forgiven for abusing their ancestors.'