Mark McKenna wins two Premiers’ Literary awards

Associate Professor Mark McKenna from the Department of History, has won both the Victorian and Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards for Non-Fiction for his book An Eye for Eternity: The life of Manning Clark, published by The Miegunyah Press. The judges’ report for the Victorian Premier’s award has said of the book:

Honest yet compassionate, An Eye for Eternity provides exceptional insight into Manning Clark’s personality, his work and his partnership with Dymphna. Mark McKenna gives us Clark’s life in parallel with Australia’s intellectual life, and the quest of his generation for a national identity. The book never indulges in pieties, nor in digression for its own sake. Above all, it is clear-sighted: never sentimental, yet generous. An Eye for Eternity is a work of great scholarship, insight and eloquence, ranking with the finest Australian intellectual biographies.

Our sincere congratulations to Mark for the outstanding achievement of winning these awards.

More Information
Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards 2011

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2011
Listen to Mark McKenna discuss writing the biography on ABC Local Radio

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