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  • Published: 7 January 2008
  • ISBN: 9781742531571
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 300

The Lucky Country




When it was first published in 1964 The Lucky Country caused a sensation. Horne took Australian society to task for its philistinism, provincialism and dependence. 

With an introduction by Hugh Mackay
'Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.'
The phrase 'the lucky country' has become part of our lexicon; it's forever being invoked in debates about the Australian way of life, but is all too often misused by those blind to Horne's irony.
When it was first published in 1964 The Lucky Country caused a sensation. Horne took Australian society to task for its philistinism, provincialism and dependence. The book was a wake-up call to an unimaginative nation, an indictment of a country mired in mediocrity and manacled to its past. Although it's a study of the confident Australia of the 1960s, the book still remains illuminating and insightful decades later. The Lucky Country is valuable not only as a source of continuing truths and revealing snapshots of the past, but above all as a key to understanding the anxieties and discontents of Australian society today.

  • Pub date: 7 January 2008
  • ISBN: 9781742531571
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 300

About the Author

Donald Horne

Donald Horne was the author of The Lucky Country and The Education of Young Donald, and many other books and essays. A leading public intellectual for close to fifty years, he edited The Bulletin, chaired the Australia Council, and pioneered cultural studies at the University of New South Wales.

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