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The Monthly October Issue

$12.95

Leading the issue, one of Australia’s greatest and most-admired writers, Helen Garner, narrates six months of Melbourne’s lockdown.

Elsewhere, Martin McKenzie-Murray writes a forensic account of the systemic failures that led to the Victorian outbreak of COVID-19. Nick Feik writes about the vast gulf between what the Morrison government has announced over the past six months and what it has delivered. And Bronwyn Adcock reconstructs the dramatic firestorm that tore apart a small New South Wales hamlet, and finds the town still struggling to rebuild and trying to understand how to avoid a repeat even as the new fire season begins.

Musician Paul Kelly writes about another Australian songwriting legend, Kev Carmody; Walkley award-winning critic Mireille Juchau writes about the new book from Helen Macdonald (author of H is for Hawk); Anthony Ham reveals the new life of Bryan Dawe; and much more.