La Trobe University has established a unique reputation in Australia for the grace of its writers and for its contribution to public debate. This book collects reflections, evocations, commentary, criticism and humour by leading writers with a connection to La Trobe. They include Inga Clendinnen, Robert Manne, Peter Beilharz, Judith Brett, Dennis Altman, John Hirst, Marilyn Lake, Stefano di Pieri, John Carroll and many more. Carefully sequenced and highly readable, these essays throw reflected light on the past and future, on the locality and the wider world. They will stimulate, delight and surprise.