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Radicals

Remembering the Sixties

Meredith Burgmann Nadia Wheatley

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New South Books
01 April 2021
The Sixties - an era of protest, free love, civil disobedience, duffel coats, flower power, giant afros and desert boots, all recorded on grainy black and white film footage - marked a turning point for change. Radicals found their voices and used them.

While the initial trigger for protest was opposition to the Vietnam War, this anger quickly escalated to include Aboriginal Land Rights, Women's Liberation, Gay Liberation, Apartheid, Student Power and 'workers' control'.

In Radicals some of the people doing the changing - including David Marr, Margret RoadKnight, Gary Foley, Jozefa Sobski and Geoffrey Robertson - reflect on how the decade changed them and Australian society forever.

Radicals - Remembering the Sixtieswill make you feel like you were there, whether or not you really were.


'Just like the Sixties, this book is a mesmerising kaleidoscope of unforgettable characters doing brave things.' - Anne Summers

'An exciting time of change that shaped Australia and the world.' - Linda Burney

'Aah, the memories. What a buzz!' - Patricia Amphlett (Little Patty)

'To achieve the change we desperately need now, it is crucial to look back on how we got the change we take for granted.' - Craig Reucassel
By:   Meredith Burgmann, Nadia Wheatley
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742235899
ISBN 10:   1742235891
Pages:   432
Publication Date:   01 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Meredith Burgmann is a former academic who also served as a (Labor) president of the NSW Upper House. She is the co-author, with Verity Burgmann, of Green Bans, Red Union: The saving of a city, which was reissued twenty years after its original publication in 1998. Meredith has also authored books on ASIO and misogyny. She is the founder of the Ernie Awards for Sexism. On retirement from parliament, she was elected president of the Australian Council for International Development. Meredith is a Sydney Swans ambassador. Nadia Wheatley is an Australian writer whose published works include picture books, novels, biography, memoir and history. Five Times Dizzy (1982) was hailed as Australia's first multicultural book for children. Other social and political issues explored in her work include conservation, unemployment, refugees and learning from Country. Among her numerous awards is the NSW Premier's History Award (2002) for The Life and Myth of Charmian Clift. Nadia's most recent book is the memoir Her Mother's Daughter (2018).

Reviews for Radicals: Remembering the Sixties

There's a war going on, we're seeing it on television every night ... It is 1968 - things are changing around the world... And you are telling us not to think about things, not to discuss politics! - Helen Voysey


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