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The Urbanist's annual holiday reading guide

The Urbanist's annual holiday reading guide

The Urbanist is in summer recess but back for special occasions; this time it's my annual list of interesting books - both fiction and non-fiction - to read over the holidays

What books to read over the holidays?

What books to read over the holidays?

Like the ABC, The Urbanist is in summer recess but back for special occasions; this time it's The Urbanist's annual list of good books - mostly novels - to read over the holidays

What books to read over the holiday season?

What books to read over the holiday season?

Here’s my annual list of good books - mostly novels - to read over the holidays. A lot are quite recent and some of them are even quite fashionable

What books to read over the holiday season?

What books to read over the holiday season?

It’s almost Christmas so here’re some pre-certified suggestions for good novels to read over the holidays. They're mostly quite recent and some of them are even very fashionable reading at the moment

Want a good novel to read over the holiday season?

Want a good novel to read over the holiday season?

It's Christmas so here're some suggestions for good novels to read over the holidays. There's historical fiction, speculative fiction, humour, science, and even a novel about a town planner

My 'Novel of the year' for urbanists (and economists, and...)

My 'Novel of the year' for urbanists (and economists, and...)

Anyone interested in cities will likely be fascinated by Tom Campbell's witty and insightful take on getting ahead in London. And what other novelist cites Kenneth Arrow?

Book giveway! 'Battlers & Billionaires' by Andrew Leigh

Book giveway! 'Battlers & Billionaires' by Andrew Leigh

In his forthcoming book, Battlers & Billionaires, Andrew Leigh asks: Is Australia fair enough? To answer the question, Black Inc. has given The Urbanist two copies to give away to readers

Is the centre of the world the neighbourhood?

Is the centre of the world the neighbourhood?

One of the most enduring and pervasive ideas in urban policy is that cities should consist of numerous self-contained and self-sufficient neighbourhoods. With urban villages anchoring each neighbourhood, residents could work, shop, study and play locally, thereby saving on travel and building a strong sense of neighbourhood community. I’ve long been dubious about this romantic […]

What was it like planning Canberra in the 1950s?

What was it like planning Canberra in the 1950s?

A novel that deals with urban design, planning and the establishment of new cities is an unusual beast, but that’s part of what drew me to read the new book by veteran writer Frank Moorhouse, Cold Light. The protagonist, Edith Campbell Berry, works for a time at the body planning the development of Canberra in […]

What to read over the holiday season?

What to read over the holiday season?

When I started The Melbourne Urbanist I wasn’t sure what direction it would take. While primarily about planning and development issues, I imagined it might also have a major sideline in reading and literature. Hence the Reading page in the sidebar. As things have turned out, there hasn’t been much interest in reading and books. […]