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  • By: Thomas Keneally
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'When I was born in 1935 I grew up, despite the Depression and World War II, with a primitive sense of being fortunate.... The utopian strain was very strong...if we weren't to be a better society, if we were simply serfs designed to support a system of privilege, what was the bloody point?'

Thomas Keneally has been observing, reflecting on and writing about Australia and the human condition for well over 50 years. In this deeply personal, passionately drawn and richly tuned collection, he now turns inwards to reflect on what has been important to him, drawing on a lifetime of engagement with the great issues of our recent history and his own moments of discovery and understanding.

He writes with unbounded joy of being a grandparent, and with intimacy and insight about the prospect of death and the meaning of faith. He is outraged about the treatment of Indigenous Australians and refugees and argues fiercely against market economics and the cowardice of climate change deniers. And he introduces us to some of the people, both great and small, who have dappled his life.

Beautifully written, erudite and at times slyly funny, A Bloody Good Rant is an invitation to share the deep humanity of a truly great Australian.

©2021 Thomas Keneally (P)2021 W F Howes

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An educated and absorbing rant indeed.

I have enjoyed Tom Keneally's new book tremendously, and admired the enormous range of his knowledge. He covers just about all the major issues affecting Australian society in the 20th and 21st centuries: religious sectarianism, class divisions, republicanism, anti-Semitism, asylum seekers, war and disease et al. It's a mixture of fact and opinion, with strong emotion added to the mix - but this is not soapboax-type ranting at all. I agree with much of what he says, but had not thought through my positions as thoroughly as Keneally has. Listeners may not agree with him, but he provides a splendid framework within which to work out our own attitudes. I would recommend this book to everyone, whether of the left or the right, religious or non-, but especially to those who were brought up within a faith and now find it hard to accept in full.

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