Journalist and former Young Labor member Aaron Patrick (BA 1991, Ormond College) chronicled the Julia Gillard/Kevin Rudd leadership feud in his book Downfall, which appeared shortly before the 2013 Australian Federal Election. Mr Patrick identified the key issues and challenges facing the Federal branch of the Australian Labor Party. Booktopia TV: Aaron Patrick chats about ‘Downfall’.
Melbourne ophthalmic surgeon Harry Lew (MB BS 1970) released his fifth book, Lion Hearts – A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Dr Lew’s book follows on from his previous work, The Stories Our Parents Found Too Painful To Tell. Lion Hearts builds a portrait of pre-war Poland, the Holocaust and events that moulded Jewish migration to Melbourne.
Dr Kay Dreyfus (BMus 1964, MMus 1966, PhD 1972, University College) detailed the life of noted Australian violinist Alma Moodie in Bluebeard’s Bride: Alma Moodie, Violinist. Ms Dreyfus deftly constructs an image of an expatriate musician who performed with the likes of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra during a period spanning decades, from World War I, to the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Third Reich.
Dr Danielle White (BA(Hons) 1991, GDipWH 1992, MA 1995, PhD 2003) explored the history of Sacred Heart College, Kyneton, in Faithful Always – Celebrating 125 Years 1889-2014. Dr White, who runs two agricultural businesses in the Macedon Ranges, also writes about rural life in her blog, The Countryphiles.
Aid worker Tom Bamforth (BA(Hons) 1999, MDevSt 2004) published Deep Field: Dispatches From The Frontlines of Aid Relief, his account of working in dangerous humanitarian operations across the globe. Mr Bamforth’s memoir emphasises how life can change dramatically in an instant.