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Mark McKenna wins 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award

By Stephen Robertson

24 July, 2012

Associate Professor Mark McKenna of the Department of History won the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award Non-fiction for his An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark.

Associate Professor Mark McKenna of the Department of History won the 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award Non-fiction for his An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark.  This year's fifth instalment of the PM's Literary Awards was the biggest yet, with 509 entries across six categories. Each of the winners receives $80,000 tax free.

The Judges Comments: "This is a masterful biography, a deeply compassionate portrait of a complex and flawed man. With a biographer’s literary skill and an historian’s diligence, Mark McKenna offers a rounded, humane treatment of Australia’s best-known historian, encompassing both Manning Clark’s life and work. This wise, clear-eyed portrait of perhaps our most influential historian is essential reading for all Australians seeking to understand the transformation of Australian cultural nationalism in the second half of the twentieth century."

Contact:Stephen Robertson
Phone: 61 2 9351 3782
Email:stephen.robertson@sydney.edu.au