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Doing Politics

Writing on Public Life

Judith Brett



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Text Publishing Company
03 November 2021
A brilliant collection of the best essays by award-winning writer Judith Brett, long revered by those in the know as Australia's brightest and most astute political commentator.

Since the 1980s Judith Brett has been helping to shape Australians' conversations about politics, bringing a historian's eye to contemporary issues and probing the psychology of our prime ministers. Her writings about Liberal Party leaders have been widely influential, especially her famous 1984 essay 'Robert Menzies' Forgotten People' and her prize-winning book of the same name, as well as her analysis of John Howard's nationalism.

Brett has interrogated some our most complex issues- multiculturalism, the politics of rural Australia, the republic, mining and climate change, our electoral traditions, the way ordinary people do politics, the decline of universities. Always she writes as a citizen for her fellow citizens, in her distinctive voice- enquiring, accessible and wry.

Doing Politics brings together the finest essays and articles by the author of The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage and the Quarterly Essay 'The Coal Curse'.
By:   Judith Brett
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 231mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   392g
ISBN:   9781922330987
ISBN 10:   1922330981
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   03 November 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Judith Brett is emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University and a regular contributor to the Monthly magazine. Her books include Robert Menzies' Forgotten People, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin (winner of the 2018 National Biography Award), From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage and four Quarterly Essays.

Reviews for Doing Politics: Writing on Public Life

'Judith Brett brings historical depth to her wise insights into contemporary politics.' * Laura Tingle * 'Brett is a gifted interpreter of politics, past and present, and a sensitive reader of people, individually and en masse.' * Saturday Paper * 'Brett's writing is capable of extraordinary clarity, insight and compassion.' * Monthly * 'Brett's research is meticulous.' * Adelaide Review *

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