This is an impressive book that creatively explores the discipline of history as a craft that has made a considerable mark on Australia’s cultural identity.
In Tom Griffith’s vivid and accessible narrative history, the history and writing are shown to be both profound and idiosyncratic. Across fourteen chapters, each of which focuses on a significant writer, the reader is taken on a journey through Australian history. This is a book about the ideas that have shaped the writing of our history; its ambition is to expand our definition of Australian history and how we understand the stories of our past.
Griffith is a fine writer, at ease with his material and his concepts, who here demonstrates a capacity to combine historical data with analysis, biography and social commentary.