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THE ART OF TIME TRAVEL by Tom Griffiths

In this landmark book, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history.

Through portraits of fourteen historians, including Inga Clendinnen, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Blainey and Henry Reynolds, he traces how a body of work is formed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience. With meticulous research and glowing prose, he shows how our understanding of the past has evolved, and what this changing history reveals about us.

If you're into history, you will fall into this glorious book like a soft feather bed. If, on the other hand, you've always been a little turned off by some of the arid, impersonal, unengaging ways history has been written, well... welcome to new history. Reading Griffiths is a treat - like having a memorable conversation with a very pleasant and learned friend.

Tom Griffiths is our guest speaker at the Fortuna Prelude Dinner, on Thursday 9 August.