Barry Healy

2018 photo showing Rio Waida (left) won twice as much as Zoe Steyn

A new Australian documentary reveals the decades-long struggle that women professional surfers have had to go through to win equality in the sport. It is a powerful story, writes Barry Healy, and often not pleasant.  

Maria Dahvana Headley, dragon-marked translator of Beowulf

Science fantasy writer Maria Dahvana Headley has produced a new translation of the Old English epic poem, Beowulf. It has a punk sensibility and opens the way to a deeper historical reading, writes Barry Healy.

David King's famous 1978 Rock Against Racism Carnival poster

Anyone familiar with 1970s British left-wing movements such as the Anti-Nazi League, Rock Against Racism or the Anti-Apartheid Movement, is familiar with the work of David King, writes Barry Healy.

Originally from Austria, Billy Wilder was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood from the 1930s, gathering 28 Oscars in his illustrious career. Reviewed by Barry Healy.

Returning from his time as a US Army Special Forces medic in Afghanistan and Iraq, Graham Barnhart had much to think about and utilised poetry as his sounding board, writes Barry Healy.

Barry Healy reviews two books – one a novel, the other a narrative history – that reveal the personal costs of Vietnam's fight, first against French colonialism and then the US-led invasion.

Barry Healy reviews The Furnace — a road trip (by camel) mixed with a western-style shoot-‘em-up centred on stolen gold.

Mindful of what Deaths of Despair explains, writes Barry Healy, when US President Donald Trump said his healthcare plan was “cheaper drugs”, it was clear he was promising his base cheaper opioid addiction.

Mira Hamermesh was only 15 when she defied her Jewish parents in Nazi-Occupied Poland and fled for her life. That she survived is a wonder, and her dramatic account is engrossing and terrifying, writes Barry Healy.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, born 250 years ago, was the most influential and prominent German philosopher of his time. Barry Healy reviews Andy Blunden's guide to understanding and applying Hegel to social change.

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