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Stuart Kells

Stuart Kells

Stuart Kells is Adjunct Professor at La Trobe Business School and has twice won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize.

Stuart Kells reviews ‘Alan Joyce and Qantas: The trials and transformation of an Australian icon’ by Peter Harbison with Derek Sadubin

January-February 2024, no. 461 18 December 2023
Nearly everyone in Australia has a story about bad airline service, and many of those stories involve Qantas, whose ‘mishandled bag rate’ recently doubled and flight cancellations tripled. The formerly smooth and efficient Sydney-Melbourne run is now a dispiriting ordeal. Widespread anger at Qantas provides the context and backdrop for Peter Harbison’s revelatory book (with Derek Sadubin) ... (read more)

Stuart Kells reviews 'Seven Crashes: The economic crises that shaped globalisation' by Harold James

November 2023, no. 459 26 October 2023
This fascinating and frustrating volume is really three books in one: a compilation of revelatory portraits of seven modern economic crises; a beautiful essay on language, literature, and finance; and an effort to draw lessons from the seven calamities. Of the three books, two are brilliant, one less so. Heroes and anti-heroes loom large in each of the economic crises. Harold James’s descriptio ... (read more)