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This is a cautionary tale. About greed, irresponsibility and failing to learn from the past.

Australia's mining boom is still talked about with a sense of awe. This once-in-a-lifetime event capped off 25 straight years of economic growth. Thanks to mining we sidestepped the worst of the Global Financial Crisis. To the rest of the world Australia was an economic miracle. And
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Paperback, 289 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Hachette Australia
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Caroline Giezenaar
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Boom and Bust discusses the dark side of Australian mining boom in short stories with a personal, economical or political focus. Each chapter has a main character that contributed to, or was affected by the boom, and tells the story through a personal perspective with greed and ignorance as common theme throughout the book. The book is well written and easy to read, yet, it opened my eyes to the cause and effects of the boom. A must read for any Australian!
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Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Royce Kurmelovs' narrative device of chronicling the mining boom (and subsequent bust) through the eyes of the different people who lived through it, but some chapters were notably stronger than others.
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Royce Kurmelovs is an Australian freelance journalist and author of The Death of Holden (2016), Rogue Nation (2017) and Boom and Bust (2018). He lives in Adelaide, South Australia.


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