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Best Australian Essays 1999/Craven, Peter,/Paper/1863953612/S038-C
Last year's inaugural book of essays was a bestseller and in the 1999 edition editor Peter Craven has put together an equally compelling collection of essays, which range from Amy Witting on the Dismissal (and her maligned friend John Kerr) to Phillip Knightley on why privacy laws are bad for the public good. Craven has a broad sense of what constitutes an essay and he's happy to include sports subjects (Bernard Cohen on Clarrie Grimmett, Stephanie Holt on Nicky Winmar) as well as a range of our more superior journalism from David Marr on Bob Carr to Mungo MacCallum on Fat Kim and Little Johnny. Among the standouts are Barry Oakley's 70s diaries, Germaine Greer on adapting Lysistrata, and Greg Dening in a long tour de force piece of historical storytelling.