Shortlist year: 
2018
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
Text Publishing

About the book

Book cover - The enigmatic Mr Deakin by Judith Brett.

Alfred Deakin—scholar, spiritualist, prime minister—was instrumental in creating modern Australia. In the first biography of Deakin in more than half a century, the acclaimed political historian Judith Brett deftly weaves together his public, private and family lives. She brings out from behind the image of a worthy, bearded father of federation the principled and passionate, gifted and eccentric figure whose legacy continues to shape the contours of the nation's politics.