Readings to be cheerful
Christmas is coming and that means it’s time both to give and receive books. We asked a range of writers what they had most enjoyed reading this year.
The Making of Julia Gillard (Viking) by Jacqueline Kent shows that a woman
can thrive — not just survive — in an adversarial environment. Kent’s biography is about how Gillard got to where she is. A delight to read: clear, lively, well-balanced between the human and the political.