'Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.'
First published in 1964 The Lucky Country caused a sensation. The book was a wake-up call to an unimaginative nation, an indictment of a country mired in mediocrity and manacled to its past.
Donald Horne has written more than twenty books, including works of
social and cultural critique, history, novels, memoirs and satire, and
has contributed to or edited a further twenty. His books include The
Lucky Country, Looking for Leadership, The Story of the Australian
People, Into the Open, His Excellency's Pleasure and The Avenue
of the Fair Go. He is an emeritus professor from the University of
New South Wales, where he taught for fifteen years, and was chancellor
of the University of Canberra. He has chaired a number of cultural
organisations, including the Australia Council, and served on several
bodies concerned with constitutional reform, including the Australian
Constitutional Commission. He was twice editor of The Bulletin;
editor of The Observer and Quadrant; and contributing editor of
Newsweek International. He has also written for many journals
and newspapers in Australia, Britain, Europe and the United States. He
is an Officer of the Order of Australia. His book 10 Steps to a
More Tolerant Australia was published to critical acclaim in 2003.
He died in 2005.