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Born: Established: 1949 ;
Gender: Male
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1 1 y separately published work icon Maurice Blackburn : Champion of the People David Day , Brunswick : Scribe , 2019 17111333 2019 single work biography

'After his father died when Maurice Blackburn was a child, Maurice was brought up by a mother who was descended from Melbourne’s gentry and was determined to raise him as a gentleman who would achieve greatness as a judge or a prime minister. However, Blackburn had humbler aims. With the support of his wife, he wanted instead ‘to make life better for the ordinary men and women of the country’. He went on to do so, defending the rights of working people as a leading barrister in the courts and as a politician in the parliaments of Melbourne and Canberra, and became much loved and admired across the political spectrum.

'A socialist and internationalist all his life, who was twice expelled from the Labor Party for his principles, Blackburn became a leading opponent of conscription in both world wars, a supporter of rights for women, an advocate for peace, and a tireless campaigner for transforming Australia so that it served the interests of all its people.

'Part love story, part gripping political thriller, the poignant story of the much-lauded Maurice Blackburn exposes a time when influence-peddling was rife, when political possibilities seemed limitless, and when a man of principle could still make a big difference to the course of Australian politics.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 [Review Essay] The Art of Time Travel : Historians and Their Craft David Day , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics & History , March vol. 63 no. 1 2017; (p. 138-139)
'How do historians make sense of the past? How do they make sense of Australia in particular, and the human condition more broadly? These are the central questions posed by Canberra historian Tom Griffiths in his latest book, The Art of Time Travel. Griffiths steps back from his own work as an environmental historian to ask how thirteen other practitioners of his craft have approached the task and what answers they’ve reached. They’re not all historians. One is a writer of historical novels, another is a poet, two are archaeologists and one is a farmer. But their work all dates from the 1930s onwards.' (Introduction)
1 Killing off Authors in a Very Australian Way David Day , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 February 2016; (p. 20)

'In Australia, authors have seen their average income decrease from about $22,000 to less than $13,000.'

1 Back to Old Days of Grace and Favour, Says ASA Chair David Day , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: Sydney PEN Magazine , November 2015; (p. 42)
1 Review : The Europeans in Australia David Day , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Journal of Politics and History , vol. 61 no. 1 2015; (p. 137-138)

— Review of The Europeans in Australia : A History Alan Atkinson , 1997 reference non-fiction
1 Lost Horizons David Day , 2015 extract biography (Paul Keating : The Biography)
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 January 2015; (p. 20-22)
1 9 y separately published work icon Paul Keating : The Biography David Day , Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2015 8278458 2015 single work biography

'In the tradition of his bestselling CURTIN and CHIFLEY, David Day's exhaustive biography of one of our most fascinating prime ministers. Paul Keating was one of the most significant political figures of the late twentieth century, firstly as Treasurer for eight years and then Prime Minister for five years. Although he has spent all of his adult life in the public eye, Keating has eschewed the idea of publishing his memoirs and has discouraged biographers from writing about his life. Undaunted, best-selling biographer David Day has taken on the task of giving Keating the biography that he deserves. Based on extensive research in libraries and archives, interviews with Keating's former colleagues and associates, and walking the tracks of Keating's life, Day has painted the first complete portrait of Paul Keating, covering both the public and private man.' (Publication summary)

1 Anna Krien : Night Games David Day , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Newtown Review of Books , November 2014;
1 War Leaders at War David Day , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 363 2014; (p. 27-28)

— Review of Menzies at War Anne Henderson , 2014 single work biography
1 From Cecil With Loathing David Day , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , March no. 87 2013; (p. 44-46)

— Review of Madigan's Account : The Mawson Expedition : The Antarctic Diaries of C. T. Madigan 1911 - 1914 C. T. Madigan , 2012 single work diary
1 Fire and Ice David Day , 2013 extract biography (Flaws in the Ice : In Search of Douglas Mawson)
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 26-27 October 2013; (p. 11-12) The Age , 26 October 2013; (p. 17) The Canberra Times , 26 October 2013; (p. 3)
1 Chilling Twist to Tale David Day , 2013 extract biography (Flaws in the Ice : In Search of Douglas Mawson)
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26-27 October 2013; (p. 3)
'Explorer Sir Douglas Mawson is lionised as the great survivor of Australian history. But claims in a new book by historian David Day suggest there might be a more sinister story behind the Antarctic legend's epic struggle.'
1 7 y separately published work icon Flaws in the Ice : In Search of Douglas Mawson David Day , Brunswick : Scribe , 2013 6569349 2013 single work biography

'In Flaws in the Ice, prize-winning historian David Day searches for the real Douglas Mawson. After travelling south on his own six-week odyssey to the Antarctic, the author answers the difficult questions about Mawson that have hitherto lain buried - from questions about his intimate relationship with Lady Scott, and his leadership of the ill-fated Australiasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14, to his conduct during the legendary trek that led to the death of his two companions. He also explores how Mawson subsequently concealed his failures and deficiencies as an expedition leader, and created for himself a heroic image that has persisted for a century.

'For many decades, there has been only one published, first-hand account of the expedition - the one written and orchestrated by Mawson himself. Only recently have alternative accounts become publicly available. The most important of these is the long-suppressed diary of Mawson's deputy, Cecil Madigan, who is scathing in his criticisms of Mawson's abilities, achievements, and character. At the same time, other accounts have appeared from leading members of the expedition that also challenge Mawson's official story.

'In this compelling and revealing new book, David Day draws upon all this new evidence, as well as on the vast research he undertook for his international history of Antarctica, and on his own experience of sailing to the Antarctic coastline where Mawson's reputation was first created. Flaws in the Ice will change perceptions of Douglas Mawson forever.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 Words of Great Worth Robyn Annear , David Day , Lyn McCredden , Peter Pierce , Lucy Sussex , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 4 August 2012; (p. 30-31)
This column comprises the judges' comments on the shortlisted works for the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award. (The list includes three titles, outside the scope of AustLit, by James Boyce, Paul Ham and Jane Gleeson-White.)
1 Bellicose Oz David Day , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February no. 338 2012; (p. 40)

— Review of The Penguin Book of Australian War Writing 2011 anthology extract autobiography correspondence diary
1 Koala in the Lodge David Day , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2011-January 2012 no. 337 2011; (p. 15-16)

— Review of Joseph Lyons : The People's Prime Minister Anne Henderson , 2011 single work biography
1 Story of a Journeyman Historian David Day , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 October 2010; (p. 24)

— Review of A Three-Cornered Life : The Historian W. K. Hancock Jim Davidson , 2010 single work biography
1 Best File it in the Biscuit Tin David Day , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 October 2008; (p. 37)
1 5 y separately published work icon Andrew Fisher : Prime Minister of Australia David Day , Pymble : HarperCollins Australia , 2008 Z1534709 2008 single work biography

'Prime Minister Andrew Fisher was one of Australia's great nation-builders, yet his story is largely unknown. He left school early to work in the coalmines of Scotland, educating himself at night. In 1885, at the age of 22, he immigrated to Queensland where he found work as a miner and as a Sunday school teacher.

'A staunch Presbyterian and fervent unionist, Fisher committed himself to politics and was soon elected to the Queensland parliament, then to the first federal parliament. In 1908 he became prime minister for the first of three stints in the job, serving Australia for longer than John Curtin, Ben Chifley, Gough Whitlam or Paul Keating.

'As prime minister, Fisher launched a massive nation-building program, which included the establishment of the national capital, the Commonwealth Bank, old age pensions, and a transcontinental railway line. His most pressing concern was to populate and defend the new nation. To this end he famously pledged to back Britain in the Great War 'to the last man and the last shilling' - a commitment that came at the heavy cost of Gallipoli and the Western Front.

'Andrew Fisher was a man who hated imperial honours, yet enjoyed the trappings of office, a leader who believed in world socialism, yet took Australians into the First World War. In this authoritative and immensely readable biography, David Day reveals the man, his politics and his remarkable legacy.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 John Curtin : Taking His Childhood Seriously David Day , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Political Lives : Chronicling Political Careers and Administrative Histories 2006; (p. 51-54)

'There are many different approaches to biography and political biography. If I had the skills and training of Judith Brett I may well have tried her psychological approach. But I did not and I was left to fall back on a largely narrative approach. This address is mainly about the writing of John Curtin: A life (Day 1999).' (Introduction)

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