Late reflections from Leonie Kramer

Broomstick: Personal Reflections of Leonie Kramer

by Leonie Kramer

Australian Scholarly Publishing, $49.95 pb, 222 pp, 9781921875847

Broomstick: Personal Reflections of Leonie Kramer has been some years in the writing, and is published now only with the assistance of Leonie Kramer’s friends, former colleagues, and daughters, with the delay ultimately due, the Preface informs us, to the progression of the author’s dementia. As the memoir of a very public figure whose name and decisive actions marked the national fields of broadcasting, the academy, and corporate boardrooms across the final decades of the last century, Broomstick might have promised to be of interest both to general readers and to social or cultural historians. And as the memoir of one of Australia’s most outspoken, even infamous conservatives, it might also have been expected to provoke some controversy, to reopen debates perhaps, to antagonise, or to consolidate and confirm positions and views.

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Published in November 2012 no. 346
Brigitta Olubas

Brigitta Olubas

Brigitta Olubas is Associate Professor of English at the University of New South Wales. She is President of ASAL, the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and edits the Association’s scholarly journal, JASAL.

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