Lion & Kangaroo


Lion & Kangaroo


Gavin Souter

Winner of the Colin Roderick Award

Lion & Kangaroo is one of Australia’s great works of history, a rich chronicle of the nation’s coming-of-age.

With intelligence, wisdom and wit, acclaimed historian Gavin Souter captures all the milestones of Australia’s first decades, from the constitutional conventions of the nineteenth century to the turbulent years that followed World War I.

Painting unforgettable portraits of scores of the most fascinating participants, he traces a national character in evolution. Profound and insightful, it is impossible to comprehend contemporary Australia without first reading Lion & Kangaroo.

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Digital ebook

Format: ePub

Pub date: Sep 2012

ISBN: 9781922057006

Physical book

Harper Entertainment Distribution Services

Format: Paperback

Pub date: Feb 2017

Imprint: Brio

ISBN: 9781925143393

Page extent: 416 pp

Trim: 210 x 135 mm

RRP: AUD$24.99, NZD$27.99

Praise for Lion & Kangaroo by Gavin Souter

‘A writer of great distinction … This book is the work of a man who can impose on the chaos of the past an order that lifts the work into the realms of art without doing violence to the events or sacrificing the standards of scholarship as defined by the academics. It is a great achievement.’ Manning Clark

‘A superb evocation of Australian life in the years between federation and the First World War, showing how imperial sentiment dominated our lives and left a vacuum in Australia’s national identity … beautifully written, lucid, witty and compelling.’ Gough Whitlam