Shortlist year: 
2014
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
Harper Collins

About the book

Book cover of The Lucky Culture

A provocative book about Australia's national identity and how it is threatened by the rise of a ruling class. Nick Cater tracks the seismic changes in Australian culture and outlook since Donald Horne wrote The Lucky Country in 1964. The overriding principle of Australia’s pioneers was fairness: everybody had the right to a fair go. Today that spirit of egalitarianism is being eroded by a new breed of sophisticated Australians who claim to better understand the demands of the age. Cater takes stock of the rift dividing this presumptive ruling class from a people who refuse to be ruled.