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Extract of Mateship in Saturday’s Age

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

My book Mateship: A Very Australian History went on sale on Monday and kicked off with a lengthy extract in Saturday’s edition of The Age.

Invitation: Launch of ‘Mateship: A Very Australian History’

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

It is my pleasure to invite you to the launch of ‘Mateship: A Very Australian History’. The Hon. Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Federal Opposition will formally launch the book at Readings St Kilda, 1.30pm for 2pm on Sunday 25th January. Please see here for more details. Please remember that it is essential to rsvp. I look forward to seeing you all there on the day.

Pre-publication review of Mateship: A Very Australian History

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Courtesy of Books+Publishing here is a very pleasing pre-publication review of my new book Mateship: A Very Australian History (out in January):

Mateship: A Very Australian History (Nick Dyrenfurth, Scribe)
Review by Chris Saliba

Surveys of Australians continue to show that ‘mateship’ is one of our country’s defining qualities. But what does it actually mean? In this provocative history, academic Nick Dyrenfurth traces Australian mateship in all its permutations. Unsurprisingly, the honour-among-thieves mateship of the convicts proves starkly different to the mateship branded by former Prime Minister John Howard, who harnessed it politically. The early definition of mateship was as a temporary economic partnership, where tramping workers pooled their resources. Writers and poets, notably Henry Lawson, developed a romantic notion of mateship during the 19th century. Both sides of politics, labor and conservative, further adopted mateship as a propaganda tool with socialism claiming mateship as central to its ethos before conservatives took it back during World War I. By the 1950s and 60s, writers such as Donald Horne and Manning Clark were casting a more critical eye over mateship, seeing it as sentimental, racist and sexist. Nick Dyrenfurth finds Australian mateship to be a compelling national narrative, created by fiction writers and politicians, rather than a lived reality. He provides a thoughtful cultural reading of the literature and history surrounding mateship, much of which will surely be contested. This is essential reading for anyone interested in one of Australia’s key national myths.

Chris Saliba is co-owner of North Melbourne Books and a freelance reviewer.

Postliberalism

Monday, September 29th, 2014

AP_dyson_ln-20140907002601360261-300x0I recently published a feature piece on ‘postliberalism’ in The Sunday Age. You can find it here. (more…)