Moderated by Mary Cunnane
“History is not the past but a map of the past, drawn from a particular point of view, to be useful to the modern traveller” wrote the American author John Jay Chapman. Three authors discuss how history has formed and influenced their most recent books. The protagonist of Paul Daley’s novel Jesustown is an historian who uncovers a dark incident in Australia’s post-colonial past as he researches a biography of his noted grandfather. In his non-fiction book, Nabbing Ned Kelly, David Dufty, tells the true story of the policemen who pursued the Kelly Gang, poorly trained officers unfamiliar with the terrain, in pursuit of the most dangerous men in the state. Mary Ann and Captain Piper, written by Jessica North, is the first account of one of Australia’s most intriguing female historical figures.
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