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The Art of Time Travel

The Art of Time Travel: Historians and Their Craft

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Awards for The Art of Time Travel

  • Winner, 2017 Ernest Scott Prize
  • Shortlisted, 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2017 Colin Roderick Award
  • Shortlisted, 2017 CHASS Australia Book Prize

About the author

Tom Griffiths

Tom Griffiths is the W K Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University and the author of Slicing the Silence: Voyaging to Antarctica (2007), Forests of Ash: An Environmental History (2001) and Hunters and …

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Praise for The Art of Time Travel

The Art of Time Travel is sure-footed, subtle, and open-minded – qualities one might expect from an author so insistent on the importance of perspective. Indeed the perspectives it offers will help develop the concerns that are moving to centre stage in 21st-century Australia, and enhance a sense of attachment to this land. It is a major work.’ —Jim Davidson, the Age

‘If the past is a foreign country, Tom Griffiths makes the perfect travelling companion. Erudite but honest. Generous yet discerning. Warm, perceptive and nothing if not elegant. Let him be your eyes and ears on our shared history. Most of all, follow his heart.’ —Clare Wright, author, historian and winner of the Stella Prize

The Art of Time Travel should be in every school and library. I would design a senior history course out of it. In fact, I’d tell all students, no matter their disciplines, that if they were to imagine “the epic poem” of Australia, “the truest of histories”, they might start with this book.’ —Barry Hill, the Monthly

‘Greatly enriches our understanding of Australia past and present … the book teems with fresh insights. Griffiths poses searching questions, which yield illuminating and often exhilarating answers.’ —Ken Inglis AO, award-winning author and historian 

‘A rare feat of imagination and generosity. No other historian has so eloquently and powerfully conveyed history’s allure. The Art of Time Travel will remain relevant for decades to come.’ —Mark McKenna, award-winning author and historian

‘Suitable for lovers of Australian history, biography and culture, The Art of Time Travel is a graceful and lively work animated by Griffiths’ experience and enthusiasm’ —Books+Publishing

 

‘Intriguing’ —Sunday Territorian

‘An enthralling account of the intellectual rediscovery of Australia by fourteen of its most innovative explorers, vividly brought to life by a gifted interpreter. Tom Griffiths’ lyrical prose is mesmerizing in its mastery of Australia’s conjunctures of land and lineage, history and memory, fact and fable.’ —David Lowenthal, University College London

‘Events happen, but history doesn’t write itself. By exploring the intellectual and emotional backstories of fourteen people who have crafted Australian history, Tom Griffiths shows how and why it is done. In the process, he has created a beautiful work of history.’ —Julianne Schultz AM FAHA, founding editor of Griffith Review

 

‘Tom Griffiths has the rare, reconciling capacity to envisage Australian history as a symphony, created by many voices – the discordant as well as the harmonious – that tells an evolving, bracing story of who we are. Essential reading.’ —Morag Fraser AM

‘An historian at the height of his powers. This is book is not only a meditation on the past, but a rallying cry for the future, in which Australia’s history might be a source of both unflinching self-examination and poetic wonder.’ —Brigid Hains, editorial director, Aeon Magazine

 

‘Sharp insights, thoughtful judgment, a generous spirit – Griffiths’ panorama of Australian historians shows why any similar survey conducted in the future will include his own artful work among the honoured.’ —Stephen J. Pyne, Arizona State University

‘Griffiths' luminous new work underlines the inarguable point that if we are truly to understand our history, we must get to know those who wrote it. A must-read for anyone interested in Australia's past.’ —Tim Flannery

‘A wonderfully subtle and penetrating examination … The Art of Time Travel is itself a highwire act: every chapter teems with valuable insights’ —Australian Book Review

The Art of Time Travel is in fact a manifesto for a new understanding of Australia, a new sense of country.’ —Nicolas Rothwell, Australian

‘4 stars’ —Adelaide Advertiser

 

‘Every chapter of The Art of Time Travel is enthralling. Every chapter is expressed elegantly and wittily. Every chapter is enlightening. Every chapter is a must-read. Professor Tom Griffiths is now on my (short) list of best writers. Highly, Highly Recommended.’ —E.B. Heath, Queensland Reviewers Collective