Biography

Nick Dyrenfurth is a Melbourne-based writer and academic. He is the author or editor of seven books on Australian politics and history, including A Little History of the Australian Labor Party (2011, with Frank Bongiorno),Heroes and Villains: the Rise and Fall of the Early Australian Labor Party (2011),All That’s Left: What Labor Should Stand For (2010, co-edited with Tim Soutphommasane) and Confusion: The Making of the Australian Two-Party System (2009, co-edited with Paul Strangio). Nick is also a leading media commentator, having written for The Age, The Saturday Paper,The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review,Daily Telegraph, Canberra Times, andThe Monthly. Previously he has worked as a Labor Party advisor and speechwriter as well as having acted as a commentator on television and radio.He is currently completing a commissioned history of the Australian Workers Union due in 2015 and a co-written book entitled Boycotting Israel is Wrong: the Progressive Path to Peace between Israel and the Palestinians. His latest book, Mateship: A Very Australian History is also out next year through Scribe. Nick is an Adjunct Research Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies atMonash University in Melbourne, where he attained a PhD in Australian history. He is the Federal Secretary of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History.