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The Monthly December 2022 — January 2023 issue


The most reliable indulgence over December/January – if the cricket is rained out, or the Boxing Day sales full of COVID coughs – is the extra reading time. And our annual Summer Reading double issue will get you through those long La Niña afternoons down at the beach. This year’s is an absolute bumper.

There’s long-form essays and deep-dive journalism: Elizabeth Finkel looks at the dangers of faux-scientific journalism, Mark McKenna follows up on his award-winning book Return to Uluru, Karen Middleton looks back at the Bruce Lehrmann trial, and there’s even Laura Tingle reflecting on her love of her garden.

We have great arts coverage from Judith Lucy, Sophie Cunningham, Shane Danielsen, Michael Nolan, Harry Windsor, Sebastian Smee and Quentin Sprague.

And new short fiction from Abigail Ulman, Shaun Micallef and JM Coetzee.