There are hundreds of book reviews on the Honest History site, but two of the most popular have been Diane Bell’s reviews of Tom Griffiths’ The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft and Clare Wright’s You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World.
Bell said this of Griffiths:
Read this extraordinary work as a series of satisfying tributes to Australian women and men of account; enjoy the momentum; relish the finely-tuned ear for nurturing ideas as Griffiths brings us back to the home note: the past is prologue.
She said this of Wright:
You Daughters of Freedom is a Big Book about Big Ideas and I have only had the space to highlight a few in this review. There are many more protests, people, proclamations, resolutions, organisations and by-ways to be found in Clare Wright’s book. I urge you to read it; share it with your family, friends and colleagues; make sure your local library has multiple copies; ditto the local book store and newsagent; put it on the list for your reading group.
Emerita Professor Diane Bell is a distinguished anthropologist who has written a number of important books, including Daughters of the Dreaming, Generations: Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters, Ngarrindjeri Wurruwarrin: A World That Is, Was and Will Be, Evil: a Novel, and Listen to Ngarrindjeri Women Speaking. Her most recent book review for Honest History was of Bruce Pascoe’s anthology, Salt: Selected Stories and Essays.
14 February 2020