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The Death of Holden : The bestselling account of the decline of Australian manufacturing - Royce Kurmelovs

The Death of Holden

The bestselling account of the decline of Australian manufacturing

Paperback Published: 29th August 2017
ISBN: 9780733638824
Number Of Pages: 352

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An extraordinary account of the impending closure of the Holden factory in Adelaide. More than the end of a business - it's the end of an era, of a story, and of a great Australian dream.

When Holden signalled that it would close its Adelaide factory, it struck at the very heart of Australian identity. Holden is our car made on our shores. It's the choice of patriotic rev heads and suburban drivers alike. How could a car that was so beloved - and so popular - be so unprofitable to make?

The story of the collapse of Holden is about the people who make and drive the cars; it's about sustaining industry in Australia; it's about communities of workers and what happens when the work dries up. And if it's not quite about the death of an icon - because Holdens will remain on Australian roads for a long time to come - then it's about what happens when an icon falls to its knees in front of a whole nation.

This updated edition features a new chapter.

About the Author

Royce Kurmelovs is a journalist and writer whose work has been published by the BBC, Al Jazeera English, Vice, The Guardian, Crikey, The San Francisco Bay Guardian and various other publications. Royce grew up in Salisbury, South Australia, and now lives in Adelaide's west. Royce's second book, Rogue Nation, will be published in December 2017. He is also working on a third book, for publication in 2018.

Industry Reviews

a case study of modern economics in action - SATURDAY AGE

focuses on the human cost of plant closures - WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN

Brilliant and powerful - Nick Xenophon

Reports the important stories of those most affected by the death of car manufacturing - ADELAIDE REVIEW

a meticulously researched piece of contemporary anthropology - CITYMAG ADELAIDE

a persuasive account of SA industry and society over half a century - SUNDAY TERRITORIAN

a compassionate insight - CITY MESSENGER

ISBN: 9780733638824
ISBN-10: 0733638821
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 29th August 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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