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Local Libraries: Gideon Haigh

Sat 4 Sep, 11am

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Labor opposition leader HV ‘Doc’ Evatt’s page in the history books has long been obscured by the shadow cast by his rival Robert Menzies during the prosperous 1950s. In The Brilliant Boy, prize–winning writer Gideon Haigh shines a light on a sometimes forgotten figure who believed that Australia could be an example to the world of a progressive and just society. The author of over 40 books, Haigh discusses his latest offering: the story of a complex leader who also served as Australia’s only ever UN General Assembly President and was instrumental in the founding of Israel. With Judith Brett.


1 hour


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Judith Brett is a political historian whose books include Robert Menzies' Forgotten People, Australian Liberals and the Moral Middle Class, and The Enigmatic Mr Deakin. Her most recent book is From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting, and she has written four Quarterly Essays.

Gideon Haigh has contributed to more than 100 newspapers and magazines, and published more than 40 books. He has won Premier's Literary Awards in three states, two Waverley Library Prizes and a Ned Kelly Award for True Crime.

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