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Issue Details: First known date: 1964... 1964 The Lucky Country
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Notes

  • Available as a sound recording and in braille.
  • Kinetica states that the same ISBN is used through different editions.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1964 .
      Extent: 258p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
      Reprinted: 1964 , 1967 , 1966 , 1965 , 1968
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1965 .
      Alternative title: The Lucky Country : Australia in the Sixties
      Extent: xviii, 238p.p.
      Edition info: 2nd rev. ed.
      Reprinted: 1966
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1968 .
      Alternative title: The Lucky Country : Australia in the Sixties Lucky Country : Australia Today
      Extent: xvii, 238p.p.
      Edition info: 2nd rev. ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1971 .
      Extent: 250p.
      Edition info: 3rd rev. ed.
      Note/s:
      • "The classic study of Australia in the sixties" --cover title.
      ISBN: 0140700129
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Penguin ,
      1971 .
      Alternative title: The Lucky Country : Australia in the Sixties
      Extent: 250p.
      Edition info: Fully rev. ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 0140790129
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1971 .
      Extent: 250p.
      Edition info: 3rd ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 0140700129
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Penguin ,
      1976 .
      Extent: 250p.
      Edition info: 3rd rev. ed.
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1980 .
      Edition info: 3rd rev. ed.
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1998 .
      Extent: xxix, 256p.p.
      Edition info: 5th ed.
      Note/s:
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 0140271392 (pbk.)
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
      Extent: 288p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 29 June 2009.
      ISBN: 9780143202813
      Series: y separately published work icon Popular Penguins Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2008- Z1605341 2008 series - publisher novel essay short story
Alternative title: Igosi hojuda
Language: Korean
    • Seoul,
      c
      South Korea,
      c
      Korea, East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
      :
      Kyowoosa ,
      1989 .
      Extent: 214p.

Works about this Work

Culture Wars and Corporatism : The Cultural Mission in Australian Non-fiction Book Publishing, 1958–2018 Mark Davis , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , April vol. 35 no. 1 2020;

'In this article I investigate four phases in Australian non-fiction publishing between the late 1950s and early 2000s, focused on works of current affairs, politics and popular history. Many such books, I argue, were published as part of a ‘cultural mission’ in Australian non-fiction book publishing, where an imperative for reform motivated many publishers to publish books they believed to be of greater than commercial importance. The paper first defines ‘cultural mission’ publishing. I then argue that such publishing has played a crucial role in Australian culture wars and struggles over national identity since the late 1950s and that these struggles have played out in four overlapping phases that reflect shifts in national debate and the commercial imperatives of book publishing. These consist of, first, a ‘renaissance’ phase from the late 1950s until roughly the late 1960s; second, an ‘insurrectionist’ phase from the late 1960s until the mid-1980s; third, a ‘reaction’ phase from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, and fourth a ‘corporatist’ phase that gathered pace in the late 1990s.' (Introduction)

Burn, Lucky Country, Burn! Ross Gibson , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2020;
Picnic with Nuns and Natives Russell McDougall , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , vol. 32 no. 1/2 2018; (p. 144-162)

'In 1982, Michael Symons published One Continuous Picnic: A History of Eating in Australia. The twenty-fifth-anniversary edition extended the subtitle with the addition of the "g" word as a sign of national progress and maturation, so that it read, A Gastronomic History of Australian Eating. The main title, while remaining the same, originally read ironically, like Donald Horne's title for The Lucky Country, suggesting a settler culture lacking in discipline, ambition, or taste—whereas by the time of the anniversary edition, "the continuous picnic" had become a full-blown paradox, conjuring simultaneously both progress and decline. It speaks now of nostalgia for a more innocent time, the naiveté (some would say the perversity) of which lay in its self-satisfaction. So what exactly does the picnic signify in Australian culture? What was its original conception, and how has it evolved as a representative image of the Australian way of life?' (Introduction)

Australia in Three Books Sheila Ngoc Pham , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 77 no. 3 2018; (p. 17)

— Review of Anguli Ma : A Gothic Tale Chi Vu , 2012 single work novella ; Foreign Correspondence Geraldine Brooks , 1998 single work autobiography ; The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction

'Escaping from suburbia is the story I've heard many people tell over the years, but it's never been a story that I relate to. For me, the suburbs represent refuge, even precious culture, as they do for many others. After all, the mass migrations of the twentieth century brought with them the multicultural transformations of countless Australian suburbs. So where I feel most at home is Sydney's south-western suburbs; at home as I could ever feel in Australia, anyway.'  (Introduction)

The Vanishing Point : The Story of the Publication of The Lucky Country Carl Reinecke , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 42-54)
The Books That Made Us 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 August 1995; (p. rev 1-2)

— Review of My Brother Jack : A Novel George Johnston , 1964 single work novel ; The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction ; Joe Wilson and His Mates Henry Lawson , 1901 selected work short story ; My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin , 1901 single work novel ; Monkey Grip Helen Garner , 1977 single work novel ; Voss : A Novel Patrick White , 1957 single work novel ; The Fortunes of Richard Mahony Henry Handel Richardson , 1917 single work novel
'The Lucky Country' Revisited Maurice Dunlevy , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 14 March 1998; (p. 27)

— Review of An Interrupted Life Donald Horne , 1998 single work autobiography ; The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction
When the Racket Had to Stop Peter Coleman , 1964 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 5 December vol. 86 no. 4424 1964; (p. 53)

— Review of The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction
Untitled T. M. Fitzgerald , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 20 February 1965; (p. 22-23)

— Review of The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction
Lucky Country? Patrick Hutchings , 1965 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , May no. 1 1965; (p. 63-66)

— Review of The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction
We Should Be So Lucky Donald Horne , 2004 single work essay
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 August 2004; (p. 47)
Still Lucky, but Getting Smarter Donald Horne , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 28 August 2004; (p. 2)
Donald Horne wrote A Lucky Country 40 years ago. He revisits the impact it had when it was published in the 1960s and examines its influence today.
(Source: The Age (Review) 28 August 2004 p.2)
We're Here Because There's Beer Chris Middendorp , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 4 December 2004; (p. 8)
Australia's economy was once driven by alcohol and the social influence of drinking remains strong. The author discusses Australians' relationship with alcohol and how this has been portrayed in Australian literature.
Are We There Yet? Peter Hartcher , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 September 2005; (p. 29)
Farewell, an Australian Original Peter Hartcher , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 10 September 2005; (p. 5)
In a series of telephone interviews with Peter Hartcher in March and April 2005, Donald Horne discussed Australia's progress on developing its own identity.
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