Shortlist year: 
2012
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Melbourne University Publishing

About the book

Book cover- An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark by Mark McKenna
Winner

Manning Clark was a complex, demanding and brilliant man.

Mark McKenna’s compelling biography of this giant of Australia’s cultural landscape is informed by his reading of Clark’s extensive private letters, journals and diaries—many that have never been read before.

An Eye for Eternity paints a sweeping portrait of the man who gave Australians the signature account of their own history. To understand Clark’s life is to understand twentieth century Australia. Clark incessantly documented his life - leaving notes to the biographers he knew would pursue his story.

He had a deep need to be remembered and this book means he will now be understood in an unforgettable way.