Jim Davidson


Jim Davidson is a historian and biographer. His best-known books are Lyrebird Rising (MUP, 1994) and A Three-Cornered Life: The Historian WK Hancock (UNSW Press, 2010). Together these books have won half-a-dozen prizes, including the Prime Minister’s History Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Nonfiction and the Age Nonfiction Book of the Year.

He is now writing a double biography of Clem Christesen of Meanjin and Stephen Murray-Smith of Overland


The lost option

Essay MONARCHY IN AUSTRALIA is an idea whose time is past. For some time now the question has been how to convincingly Australianise the British monarchy. Conservatives argue that a monarch is essential to our system of government. Despite overseas...

The Boer War

EssayTHE ANZACS AT Gallipoli have not only eclipsed the greater Australian involvement on the Western Front, but have occluded another war altogether. This is the Boer War – more properly the Second Boer War – fought in South Africa...

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