Peter Ryan’s revealing memoir deals with the great days of Australian publishing, when objectivity was sacred and propaganda abhorred. No one had a better opportunity than I to see Ryan in action. As I read his manuscript of this book, I was continually reminded of George Orwell’s crystalline transparency and truthfulness. Every aspiring writer and media consumer can benefit from Ryan’s frankness. — MICHAEL CANNON, author and publisher
Melbourne University Press was established in 1923, and the distinction of its authors, and the quality of the design and production of the Press’s books became acknowledged around the world. These memoirs offer a series of sparkling vignettes by the man who counts as blessed his twenty-six years as MUP’s Director.
Readers will be charmed (occasionally amused, even shocked) by intimate glimpses of the Press’s galaxy of authors: poets from James McAuley to A.D. Hope; scientists from Nobel winner Macfarlane Burnet to Gustav Nossal; historians from Geoffrey Blainey to Paul Hasluck – and to Manning Clark.