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The Weekend Australian - Review - - Contents - Deb­o­rah Hope

NO one else writes about north­ern and re­mote Aus­tralia the way Ni­co­las Rothwell does. He brings an ex­hil­a­rat­ing fresh­ness, range and gen­tle hu­mour to ev­ery topic he touches, whether he is ex­plor­ing in­dige­nous art and cul­ture, the con­ti­nen­tal imag­i­na­tion, the for­tunes, strug­gles and tragedies of the Top End, its land­scape or its cast of colour­ful characters (in­clud­ing its wildlife). Rothwell’s cover story in this is­sue of Re­view charts the sur­pris­ing ori­gins of the West Aus­tralian bor­der in a treaty forged in the Span­ish town of Torde­sil­las in 1494. To­day, this re­mote fron­tier with its un­cer­tain na­ture presents a psy­cho­log­i­cal as well as a phys­i­cal bar­rier, and also a bu­reau­cratic puz­zle. On a map, it may seem sim­ply a line in the sand. To Rothwell it is the pulse of the con­ti­nent’s heart.

As the Bea­tles’ 50th an­niver­sary year comes to a con­clu­sion, don’t miss Miko Giedroyc and Ben Reed’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion of John Len­non’s con­tri­bu­tion to mu­sic. Was he really a ge­nius? Did he com­pose works of art or just great pop songs? To as­sess his worth, the pair re­vis­its other com­posers of pop­u­lar mu­sic in­clud­ing Han­del, Mozart, Pur­cell, Louis Arm­strong, Fats Waller, Noel Coward and Ge­orge Gersh­win. Their ver­dict? Find out, in­side Re­view.

Although the hol­i­day sea­son is in full swing, Re­view will pub­lish through­out Jan­uary. Our read­ers will be able to con­tinue to en­joy re­views of the top films, tele­vi­sion, books and vis­ual arts, as well as col­umns and features on nearly all as­pects of the arts. And for those of us who are not head­ing to the beach or bush in the an­nual sum­mer ex­o­dus, there is a feast of movies, mu­sic, the­atre and art to en­joy dur­ing the most re­laxed time of year. Happy new year.

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