Literary critic Peter Craven presents his selection of the year's best essays published in Australia. Contributors and topics include Murray Bail on translation, Helen Garner on the self and writing, Peter Conrad on Britney Spears, Thomas Keneally on what's gone wrong with the priesthood, Hazel Rowley on Christina Stead, Tim Flannery on Stephen Jay Gould, Adrian Martin on Larry Clark and 'Bully', Noel Pearson on white progressivists, and Peter Porter on literary classics. Other contributors include John Birmingham, Drusilla Modjeska, Don Watson, and Inga Clendinnen. Includes introductory essay by the editor, notes on the contributors and original publication details. Published annually.