I was delighted earlier this week when my first book review of the year was published on the Newtown Review of Books. This website does a great service to Australia's book industry and it is a pleasure to be edited by the founders of the website, Jean Bedford and Linda Funnell I reviewed Jane Gleeson-White’s latest book, Six Capitals: The revolution capitalism had to have – or … [Read more...] about Wisps of Change in Global Business?
Our apartment in Singapore is like most apartments in Australia but one corner of it is quite different. We have a bomb shelter. Yes, our nine-year old apartment has a fair dinkum bomb shelter. This is because all apartments in Singapore are required to have a bomb shelter under Singapore’s Civil Defence Shelter Act 1997. As you can see from the thick door and walls, this … [Read more...] about Bombs, Clothes Lines and Jeeps
Last night historian, Clare Wright, won a major literary award for women's writing in Australia, The Stella Prize. Her book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, was selected from a strong shortlist which included some of Australia's most celebrated novels published in the last year and a compelling memoir which has been shortlisted for a number of awards. Many Australians have … [Read more...] about Historian Wins Major Literary Prize
This book is bold. A bed-time story this ain’t. Its prose slaps you around the face to make sure you are paying attention. It is assertive and provocative. It sucks you into the time that was, on the Ballarat goldfields of the mid-nineteenth century. The history of Victoria’s gold rushes and the Eureka Stockade is one of Australia’s well-worn foundational stories. Each year … [Read more...] about Review: Forgotten Rebels of Eureka
War is not just about tactics on the battlefield or the machinations of political leaders. It is also about community, both at the site of active fighting and in the home towns and cities that have seen their men disappear to fight. In 'Our Schools and the War' Rosalie Triolo explores Australia’s participation in World War I in terms of community. She focuses on the … [Read more...] about Our Schools and the War: the Victorian Education Dept and WWI