HAL COLEBATCH’s new book, Australia’s Secret War: How Unionists Sabotaged Our Troops in World War II, published in October by Quadrant Books, is already a best-seller. It tells the shocking, true, but until now largely suppressed story of the war waged from 1939 to 1945 by Australian trade unions against their own society and against the men and women of their own country’s fighting forces at the time of its gravest peril. Hal’s conclusions are based on a broad range of sources, from letters and first-person interviews between the author and ex-servicemen to official and unofficial documents from the archives of World War II. The book is a powerful indictment of trade union power and class warfare.
ALAN GOULD’s new book, Joinery and Scrollwork: A Writer’s Workbench, published in December by Quadrant Books, examines what it takes to be a successful writer in Australia. Alan draws on his experience of more than forty years as a published poet and novelist to explore the ways in which poems and novels are written and read. No Australian has a better understanding of the writer’s craft and, in the clear, original style that is his hallmark, Alan shares his successes and failures as a writer, his knowledge of Australian literary culture, and the motivations and reflections that underlie the writing life.
Dress: Lounge suit
Parking: Ritz Carlton Car Park, Albert Street; Sydney Opera House car park;
Wilson Parking,13–17 Pitt Street, opposite Circular Quay station
Cost: There is no charge for this function
Register: It is important to register so we can properly plan catering of drinks and canapes. Please phone or email, giving name, phone number and number coming:
Phone (03) 8317 8147 Email: [email protected]