BITM – Alasdair McGregor – A Forger’s Progress

Alasdair McGregor | A Forger’s Progress: The Life of Francis Greenway | UNSW Press 9781742233789 | A$49.99 | Nov Talented, well trained and confident in his own abilities and worth, Australia’s first government architect was also hot-headed and tactless. Sentenced to death for forgery, then granted a last-minute reprieve, Francis Greenway was transported to New…

BITM – Peter Hartcher – The Adolescent Country

Peter Hartcher | The Adolescent Country: A Lowy Institute Paper | Penguin Specials (Australia) 9780143572435 | A$9.99 | Nov The great crises that threaten Australia’s national prosperity come from abroad. So do the grandest opportunities. But in Australian politics the big matters are commonly crowded out by the small. International policy is used for domestic point-scoring.…

BITM – Andrew Tink – Australia 1901-2001

Andrew Tink | Australia 1901 – 2001: A Narrative History | NewSouth Books 9781742234083 | A$34.99 | Nov Andrew Tink’s superb book tells the story of Australia in the twentieth century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. A century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary achievements…

Radio – 702 ABC Sydney

With the clocks going back to GMT in the UK on 26 October, Today on Radio 4 now starts at 08:00 SAT rather than 07:00, so I thought I’d look for something different to listen to while I waited for Today to start. Wanting a change from the the Beeb, the obvious alternatives were the…