- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
On Rabbits, Morality, etc.: Selected Writings of Walter Murdoch
Walter Murdoch, edited and introduced by Imre Salusinszky
Complete with a Foreword by Rupert Murdoch, this selected volume of Walter Murdoch’s writings covers the essay: his best-known form, as well as a little-known work about early Australian bush poets.
Walter Murdoch, a popular broadcaster and public speaker, was one of Australia’s bestselling twentieth-century writers. He published weekly essays in The Argus and other newspapers and his books sold in their tens of thousands.
Like all great essayists, Walter Murdoch was able to educate by entertaining; drawing unexpected and often quirky links between previously unconnected subjects.
Having been out of print for many years, this selection restores this wonderful writer’s work back into print for a new generation of readers, and will delight a generation of Australians who grew up reading Murdoch’s columns in the papers during the 1930s, 40s and 50s.
Praise for On Rabbits, Morality, etc.:
…his essays shine with a contemporary freshness… his work is often playful, questioning and sincere but always interesting.CHRISTOPHER BANTIK, HOBART MERCURY
Before Clive James, there was Walter Murdoch. Australia’s first great essayist, and still our wisest.GEORDIE WILLIAMSON, CHIEF LITERARY CRITIC, THE AUSTRALIAN