The Enigmatic Mr Deakin

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Text Publishing Company, Aug 14, 2017 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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• Judith Brett’s new biography of Alfred Deakin, The Enigmatic Mr Deakin, reveals the intense inner world of one of Australia’s most important political figures
• Alfred Deakin was a key political player in the achievement of Federation and the consolidation of white Australia, and a catalyst for the formation of Australia’s durable two-party system
• Brett brings Deakin’s public political, inner religious and private domestic lives together within a single narrative framework
• The biography also explores Deakin’s family relationships, his lifelong interest in religion and youthful involvement in spiritualism
The Enigmatic Mr Deakin helps us understand how Deakin shaped the country we live in today, and the lessons he could teach us about how to handle unstable parliaments
• This is the first accessible biography of Deakin in a long time and will be available in a lavish illustrated hardback edition

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Born in gold-rush Melbourne in April 1856 to parents of modest means, Alfred Deakin as a child was an avid reader and a day-dreamer. As a student at the University of Melbourne he studied law, engaged ... Read full review

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About the author (2017)

Judith Brett is the award-winning author of Robert Menzies’ Forgotten People, emeritus professor of politics at La Trobe University and one of Australia’s leading political thinkers. She contributes regularly to the Monthly and has written three Quarterly Essays.

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