APAN book reviews

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A Life of Edward Said

A key contributor to the Palestinian cause and, more broadly, to the field of post-colonial studies, Said’s legacy, like much in his life, remains contested. To his credit, the author […]

Against the Loveless World

Cover of book "Against the Loveless World"

With ‘Against the Loveless World’, Susan Abulhawa has produced another powerful story of Palestinian resistance, a passionate, political tale. Not simply a novel, this book is part thriller, part history […]

Among the Almond Trees: A Palestinian Memoir

The translator of this beautiful book calls it a memoir. The author’s son, Àthar, says it is an autobiography. It seems both a meditative memoir and an autobiography written by […]

Boycott Theory and the Struggle for Palestine

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has three arms: the commercial, the cultural and the academic. The dedicated focus of the book is the latter. Before discussing Riemer’s book […]

Dateline Jerusalem: Journalism’s Toughest Assignment

Veteran journalist John Lyon’s has just released an explosive 88 page book exposing the extent to which the Australian media is influenced by the pro-Israel lobby. The book cites concrete […]

Falastin: A Cookbook

Copy of book cover: Falastin- A cookbook

It’s rare for a book about anything to do with Palestine to make it onto Australia’s bestseller lists, but here’s one that has. It’s not a novel, it’s not a […]

Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History

The astronomical quantity and quality of research woven throughout Masalha’s a Four Thousand Year History creates an irrefutable counter-narrative to the myths often proclaimed by proponents of Zionism as fact. […]

Still lives: A memoir of Gaza

As a leader of an NGO program, and later as a senior United Nations irregular, Marilyn Garson worked in Gaza for almost four years. This period included working through two […]

The beauty of your face

Cover of book: The beauty of your face. Orange cover with a pink and fragmented sillouite

Sahar Mustafah’s debut novel traces the harrowing difficulties of an immigrant Palestinian family living near Chicago. The author, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, has previously written an award-winning collection of […]

The Deadly Promise

Less page-turning thriller than worthy tutorial, The Deadly Promise follows the changing politics of Zach Peretz, a 31 year old secular Jew. Set in London immediately before the third attack […]

The power broker: Mark Leibler An Australian Jewish life

Mark Leibler is a taxation specialist and Zionist lobbyist. According to Michael Gawenda, ex-Fairfax editor and the author of this biography, Leibler has had tremendous success in both these roles. […]

Till We Have Built Jerusalem: Architects of a new city

Book cover: Till we have built Jerusalem. Cover depicts historical image of people standing on top of a basic building with thatched dome roof

American writer, Adina Hoffman divides her life between Jerusalem and USA. She spoke recently on ABC RN’s Blueprint for Living about Till we have built Jerusalem. A much-acclaimed earlier book […]


Photo of book cover of Apeirogon, a novel by Colum McCann

Colum McCann, the Irish author of Apeirogon, A novel, was the focus of a Zoom session during the recent Melbourne Jewish Book Week. In conversation with Mark Raphael Baker, he […]

The Hundred Year’s War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonial Conquest and Resistance

Professor Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University in New York. The Hundred Years’ War on Palestine chronicles the many conflicts that have […]

Walking for Palestine

Picture of book cover 'walking for Palestine. Has title and picture of a man walking along a dirt road with a sign on his back "Walking for Palestinian Recongition"

Walking for Palestine is an account of three long walks the author undertook to publicize the Palestinian cause. Written with clarity and good humour, the reader is made a companion […]

Wall of tears: The human face of the Israel-Palestine conflict

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This novel purports to be even-handed and grounded in fact. In fact, the plot is profoundly partisan. For this reason it is impossible to review Wall of Tears without being […]