Mark McKenna reviews 'The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their craft' by Tom Griffiths

Mark McKenna reviews 'The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their craft' by Tom Griffiths

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and their craft

by Tom Griffiths

Black Inc., $34.99 pb, 376 pp, 9781863958561

For many writers, the contour and direction of a lifetime's work exists in a shadow-land. The relationship between one book and the next, and the lasting significance of an author's oeuvre remain partly obscure until the culture in which it was produced becomes 'history'. Even then, writers are rarely the best and most willing interpreters of their own work.

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Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna

Mark McKenna is an Australian Research Council Research Fellow in History at the University of Sydney. His most recent book, An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark (Miegunyah Press, 2011) won the 2012 Prime Minister’s Prize for Non-Fiction.

Published in August 2016, no. 383

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