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Before I Forget
Now in his late-eighties, and listed by the National Trust as a ‘Living Treasure’, in Before I Forget Geoffrey Blainey reflects on his humble beginnings as the son of a Methodist Minister and school teacher, one of five children, and a carefree childhood spent in rural Victoria, from Terang to Leongatha, Geelong to Ballarat. From a young age these places ignited for Blaine ...more
Hardcover, 340 pages
Published 2019 by Penguin
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I feel like I have a lot in common with Geoffrey Blainey, so much so that if we every meet at his favourite Italian Easy Melbourne lunch place, I am sure we could spend a very interesting and convivial three hour lunch. I loved this book that ticked so many Melbourne nostalgia boxes for me. Geoffrey Blainey is the author of forty books and this one goes right back to the start. He writes so sensibly and so colorfully and this book being, hopefully the first edition of his memoirs, takes us back ...more
Geoffrey Norman Blainey AC is a prominent Australian historian. He attended Wesley College and the University of Melbourne. He was appointed to a teaching post at the University of Melbourne in 1962, becoming Professor of Economic History in 1968, Professor of History in 1977, and then Dean of Melbourne's Faculty of Arts in 1982. From 1994 to 1998 Blainey was foundation Chancellor at the Universit ...more