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The Guardian has published a list of what its writers have judged the 100 greatest non-fiction books of all time. They’ve split the list into categories: art, biography, culture, environment, history, journalism, literature, mathematics, memoir, mind, music, philosophy, politics, religion, science, society and travel. It’s a fascinating list but, being British, it has an understandable bias towards Britain and Europe. Robert Hughes' The Shock of the New and Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch were the only Australian names to have made the list.

Are there any books that have been unfairly left out? Well, we thought Norman Davies' Europe: A History would have been a shoe-in. But it has led us to wonder – what would an Australian list look like? Or at least, what would be on an Australian list of the greatest non-fiction books?



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15 June 2011

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"In My Skin" by Kate Holden.

Simon
15 June at 10:26AM

Too many to think of, but here goes:
Charles Bean, The Australian Imperial Force in France
A.B. Facey, A Fortunate Life
Keith Hancock, Australia
Manning Clark, A History of Australia
Russel Ward, The Australian Legend
Donald Horne, The Lucky Country
Robin Boyd, The Australian Ugliness
Max Brown, Ned Kelly: Australian Son
Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore
Geoffrey Blainey, The Tyranny of Distance
Henry Reynolds, The Other Side of the Frontier
Graham Freudenberg, A Certain Grandeur
David Marr, Patrick White: A Life
Judith Brett, Robert Menzies' Forgotten People
Paul Kelly, The End of Certainty
Helen Garner, The First Stone
Robert Manne, The Culture of Forgetting
Raimond Gaita, Romulus, My Father
and the winner...
Don Watson, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart

Dom
15 June at 08:49PM

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