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The Art of Time Travel : Historians and Their Craft - Tom Griffiths

The Art of Time Travel

Historians and Their Craft

Paperback Published: 27th June 2016
ISBN: 9781863958561
Number Of Pages: 384

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Writing good history is a high-wire act of balance and grace. Historians scour their own societies for vestiges of past worlds, for cracks and fissures in the pavement of the present, and for the shimmers and hauntings of history in everyday action.

In The Art of Time Travel, eminent historian and award-winning author Tom Griffiths explores the craft of discipline and imagination that is history. Through portraits of fifteen historians at work, including Inga Clendinnen, Judith Wright, Geoffrey Blainey and Henry Reynolds, he observes how a body of work is constructed out of a life-long dialogue between past evidence and present experience.

Riveting, beautiful and elegantly written, this landmark book conjures fresh insights into the history of Australia and revitalises our sense of thehistorian's craft – what Tom Griffiths calls 'the art of time travel'.

About the Author

Tom Griffiths is the W K Hancock Professor of History at the Australian National University His books and essays have won prizes in literature, history, science, politics and journalism, including the Prime Minister’s Prize for Australian History, the Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate, and the Douglas Stewart and Nettie Palmer Prizes for Non-Fiction.

Can we imagine history?


It offered insights into significant Australians and their philosophies. It also presented, for me new perspectives into history writing as a form. I had never considered 'creative imagination' could influence history writing.

O'Connell, NSW, Australia


Insightful and engaging


Excellent writing style. Fascinating examples of the historian's craft and brings the history discipline to life.


A must read for history buffs


A fascinating and informative book about Australian historians, how and why they write their histories and some detail of how their books have been received by the reading public and other disciplines.



The Art of Time Travel

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ISBN: 9781863958561
ISBN-10: 1863958568
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 27th June 2016
Publisher: Black Inc.
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.48

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