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Ann Curthoys

Ann Curthoys is a historian who lives in Sydney. She has written on many aspects of Australian history, as well as on the theory and practice of historical writing. Her books include Freedom Ride: A Freedomrider Remembers (2002); (with John Docker), Is History Fiction? (2005, rev. edition 2010); (with Ann McGrath) How to Write History that People Want to Read (2009); and (with Jessie Mitchell), Taking Liberty: Indigenous Rights and Settler Self-Government in Colonial Australia, 1830 – 1890 (2018). She is also Professor Emerita at the Australian National University, an honorary professor at the University of Sydney  and a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia. In 2021 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (A.M.).

Ann Curthoys

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  • John Darling

    Graeme MacRae and Anton Lucas
  • Disconnect

    Jordan Guiao
  • Justice in Kelly Country

    Lachlan Strahan
  • My People’s Songs

    Joel Stephen Birnie
  • Lockdown

    Chip Le Grand
  • On the Grid

    Guillaume Roger
  • Leo and Mina Fink

    Margaret Taft
  • Collective Movements

    Kate ten Buuren and Maya Hodge
  • Let’s Go Outside

    Charlotte Day, Callum Morton & Amy Spiers
  • Bibliography of Australian Literature Supplement

    John Arnold & Terence O’Neill, with the assistance of Christopher Wood & Rowan Gibbs
  • Class in Australia

    Steven Threadgold and Jessica Gerrard
  • Long Half-life

    Ian Lowe
  • Eve Langley and The Pea Pickers

    Helen Vines
  • Save Our Sons

    Carolyn Collins
  • Freak Out

    Tony Wellington
  • Made in Lancashire

    Richard Turner
  • The Emperor’s Grace

    Mark Baker
  • The Battlefield of Imperishable Memory

    Matthew Haultain-Gall
  • Tree Story

    Charlotte Day and Melissa Ratliff
  • Advancing Human Rights

    Michael Mintrom
  • Marrul

    Inala Cooper
  • Dismal Diplomacy, Disposable Sovereignty

    Carrillo Gantner
  • Fair Game

    Andrew Leigh
  • Now More than Ever

    David Anderson
  • Big

    Richard Denniss
  • Burning Down the House

    Jo Dyer
  • Fortune’s Fool

    Satyajit Das
  • Good International Citizenship

    Gareth Evans
  • Rape Culture

    Louise Newman
  • Governing in the Internet Age

    Paul Fletcher
  • System Failure

    Michael Bradley
  • Dateline Jerusalem

    John Lyons
  • Population Shock

    Abul Rizvi
  • Leadership

    Don Russell
  • Tides that Bind

    Richard Marles
  • Blood Lust, Trust & Blame

    Samantha Crompvoets
  • A Decade of Drift

    Martin Parkinson
  • The Digital Revolution

    Simon Wilkie
  • Respect

    Jill Hennessy
  • Easy Lies & Influence

    Fiona McLeod
  • Enough is Enough

    Kate Thwaites and Jenny Macklin
  • Power & Consent

    Rachel Doyle
  • Our National Shame

    Kate Fitz-Gibbon
  • Who Dares Loses

    Wayne Errington & Peter van Onselen
  • The Case for Courage

    Kevin Rudd
  • Unmasked

    Bill Bowtell
  • Challenging Politics

    Scott Ryan
  • Dunera Lives bundle buy

    A Visual History/Profiles
  • Cathy Goes to Canberra

    Cathy McGowan
  • A Trip to the Dominions

    Lynette Russell
  • A Secret Australia

    Felicity Ruby and Peter Cronau
  • Spinning the Secrets of State

    Justin T. McPhee
  • Verge 2021

    Jessica Phillips, Anders Villani, Georgia White
  • Verge 2020

    Rebecca Bryson, Benjamin Jay and Giulia Mastrantoni
  • The Lajjagauri and Anandanayaki

    By Ramacandra Cintaman Dhere | Translated by Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat
  • Binding Things Together

    Ronald Noone
  • The Powerbroker

    Michael Gawenda
  • Popular Art and the Avant-Garde

    Vincent Alessi
  • Intrépide

    Clem Gorman and Therese Gorman
  • Victory over Death: The Art of Colin McCahon

    Rex Butler and Laurence Simmons
  • Dunera Lives

    Ken Inglis, Bill Gammage, Seumas Spark and Jay Winter with Carol Bunyan
  • Democratic Adventurer

    Sean Scalmer
  • On Red Earth Walking

    Anne Scrimgeour
  • I Wonder

    Peter Browne and Seumas Spark
  • The Fatal Lure of Politics

    Terry Irving
  • Attending to the National Soul + Fountain of Public Prosperity bundle buy

    Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder
  • Corporate Power in Australia

    Lindy Edwards
  • Buru Island

    Hersri Setiawan | Translated by Jennifer Lindsay
  • Geoffrey Blainey

    Richard Allsop
  • Attending to the National Soul

    Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder
  • The Shelf Life of Zora Cross

    Cathy Perkins
  • Mallee Country

    Richard Broome, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor and Katie Holmes
  • Book Publishing in Australia

    Millicent Weber and Aaron Mannion
  • Post-Digital Book Cultures

    Alexandra Dane and Millicent Weber
  • Asbestos in Australia

    Lenore Layman and Gail Phillips
  • Comfort and Judgement

    Gene Bawden
  • Talking North

    Paul S. Thomas
  • Unrequited Love

    Dennis Altman
  • Gender Violence in Australia

    Alana Piper and Ana Stevenson
  • Jean Blackburn

    Craig Campbell and Debra Hayes
  • The US Lobby and Australian Defence Policy

    Vince Scappatura
  • Verge 2019

    Stephen Downes, Calvin Fung and Amaryllis Gacioppo
  • Winning for Women

    Iola Mathews
  • Fountain of Public Prosperity (paperback)

    Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder
  • Race, Islam and Power

    Andreas Harsono
  • Seven Big Australians

    Anne Pender
  • Dateline Kashmir

    Dinesh Mohan, Harsh Mander, Navsharan Singh, Pamela Philipose and Tapan Bose
  • The Good University

    Raewyn Connell
  • Contesting Australian History

    Joy Damousi and Judith Smart
  • Black Saturday

    Peg Fraser
  • Rethinking Development and Politics

    Marika Vicziany
  • Knowledge and Global Power

    Fran Collyer, Raewyn Connell, João Maia and Robert Morrell
  • Identity, Equity and Social Justice in Asia Pacific Education

    Raqib Chowdhury and Lilly K. Yazdanpanah
  • From Roadside to Recovery

    Peter Bragge and Russell Gruen
  • Tragedy and Triumph

    Freda Hodge
  • Island Off the Coast of Asia

    Clinton Fernandes
  • Half the Perfect World

    Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell
  • Elections Matter

    Benjamin T. Jones, Frank Bongiorno and John Uhr
  • A Second Chance

    Margaret Taft and Andrew Markus
  • What Matters?

    Julian Meyrick, Robert Phiddian and Tully Barnett
  • Square Eyes

    Emily Booker
  • Building Mixity!

    Maud Cassaignau and Markus Jung with Matthew Xue
  • Odyssey of the Unknown Anzac

    David Hastings
  • Antipodean Perspective

    Rex Butler and Sheridan Palmer
  • Tell Me I’m Okay

    David Bradford
  • Class Wars

    Tony Taylor
  • Creativity Crisis

    Robert Nelson
  • Dunera Lives

    Ken Inglis, Seumas Spark and Jay Winter with Carol Bunyan
  • Siauw Giok Tjhan

    Siauw Tiong Djin
  • A White Hot Flame

    Sue Taffe
  • Reason and Lovelessness

    Barry Hill
  • Making a Meal of It

    Brian McFarlane
  • Pericleans, Plumbers and Practitioners

    Peter Yule and Fay Woodhouse
  • David Syme

    Elizabeth Morrison
  • Jean Galbraith

    Meredith Fletcher
  • Sri Lanka’s Secrets

    Trevor Grant
  • A Sense for Humanity

    Craig Taylor with Melinda Graefe
  • The Surprise Rival

    Alan Gregory
  • Verge 2014

    Gabriel Garcia Ochoa, Rebecca Jones and Oscar Schwartz
  • Trendyville

    Renate Howe, David Nichols and Graeme Davison
  • New Tricks

    Richard Larkins
  • Maestro John Monash

    Tim Fischer
  • Wrestling with Words and Meanings

    Kate Burridge and Réka Benczes
  • Theories, Practices and Examples for Community and Social Informatics

    Tom Denison, Mauro Sarrica and Larry Stillman
  • By the Book?

    Emmett Stinson
  • Don’t Mention the War

    Kevin Foster
  • An Imperial Affair

    John Rickard
  • Kartini

    Edited and translated by Joost Coté
  • Intimacy, Violence and Activism

    Graham Willett and Yorick Smaal
  • Developing Sustainable Education in Regional Australia

    Andrew Gunstone
  • Dare Me!

    John Burbidge
  • Javanese Grammar for Students

    Stuart Robson
  • A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand (Second Edition)

    Graham Oppy and N. N. Trakakis
  • Breaking the Silence

    Putu Oka Sukanta | Translated by Jennifer Lindsay
  • Northern Lights

    Andrew Scott
  • Banksia Lady

    Carolyn Landon
  • The Hanged Man and the Body Thief

    Alexandra Roginski
  • Embodying Transformation

    Maryrose Casey
  • The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations

    Mike Smith and Billy Griffiths
  • Labor People

    Chris Bowen
  • Contemporary Australian Political Party Organisations

    Narelle Miragliotta, Anika Gauja and Rodney Smith
  • Forbidden Memories

    Mery Kolimon, Liliya Wetangterah and Karen Campbell-Nelson
  • The Making of a Party System

    Zareh Ghazarian
  • Verge 2015

    Joan Fleming and Anna Jaquiery
  • Australian Religious Thought

    Wayne Hudson
  • Double-Act

    Brian McFarlane
  • John Jefferson Bray

    John Emerson
  • How the Computer Went to School

    Denise Beale
  • Earth and Industry

    Erik Eklund and Julie Fenley
  • Asian Horizons

    Angelo Andrea Di Castro and David Templeman
  • Political Animal

    Heather Nielson
  • Witch-hunt and Conspiracy

    Nicholas Herriman
  • The English Country House in Literature

    Geoffrey G. Hiller
  • Thinking the Antipodes

    Peter Beilharz
  • Aftermath

    Karen Auerbach
  • Human Rights and Human Wrongs

    Colin Tatz
  • Dancing in my Dreams

    Kerry Highley
  • No Way to Go

    Graham Currie, Janet Stanley and John Stanley
  • Personal View

    Janine Burke
  • Race and the Modern Exotic

    Angela Woollacott
  • Life of SYN

    Ellie Rennie
  • A Site of Convergence

    Cynthia Troup with Jo-Anne Duggan
  • Verge 2011

    Anna MacDonald, Bethany Norris, Catherine Noske and Nicholas Tipple
  • The Project as a Social System

    Henry Linger and Jill Owen
  • A Home Away from Home?

    Ilana Snyder and John Nieuwenhuysen
  • Identity, Language and Culture in Diaspora

    Maryam Jamarani
  • Making them Indonesians

    Helen van Klinken
  • A Wild History

    Darrell Lewis
  • The Two Frank Thrings (hardback)

    Peter Fitzpatrick
  • The Two Frank Thrings (paperback)

    Peter Fitzpatrick
  • Up from the Underworld

    Andrew Reeves
  • Smashed!

    Peter Kelly, Jenny Advocat, Lyn Harrison and Christopher Hickey
  • Struggle Country

    Graeme Davison and Marc Brodie
  • Jackson’s Track Revisited

    Carolyn Landon
  • Learning Discourses and the Discourses of Learning

    Helen Marriott, Tim Moore and Robyn Spence-Brown
  • Orb and Sceptre

    Peter Limb
  • Seize the Day

    Kate Darian-Smith, Richard Gillespie, Caroline Jordan and Elizabeth Willis
  • Australians in Britain

    Carl Bridge, Robert Crawford and David Dunstan
  • Writing Histories

    Ann Curthoys and Ann McGrath
  • Complicated Currents

    Daniel Black, Stephen Epstein and Alison Tokita
  • Jean Primrose Whyte

    Coralie Elsenore Janis Jenkin
  • Closing the Gap in Education?

    Ilana Snyder and John Nieuwenhuysen
  • Out Here

    Yorick Smaal and Graham Willett
  • A Pedagogy of Place

    Brian Wattchow and Mike Brown
  • Creative Constraints

    Rita Wilson and Leah Gerber
  • Anzac Memories

    Alistair Thomson
  • Where is Dr Leichhardt?

    Darrell Lewis
  • From a Distant Shore

    Bruce Bennett and Anne Pender
  • Silences and Secrets

    Kay Dreyfus
  • Circus and Stage

    Mimi Colligan
  • Eilean Giblin

    Patricia Clarke
  • Organise, Educate, Control

    Andrew Reeves and Andrew Dettmer
  • Making Chinese Australia

    Mei-fen Kuo
  • From Deserts the Prophets Come

    Geoffrey Serle
  • Test Tube Revolution

    John Leeton
  • Truth Will Out

    Dr. Baskara T. Wardaya SJ | Translated by Jennifer Lindsay
  • Verge 2013

    Peter Dawncy and Camille Eckhaus
  • The Market in Babies

    Marian Quartly, Shurlee Swain and Denise Cuthbert
  • Britain and Portuguese Timor 1941-1976

    Nicholas Tarling
  • Rhythm and Meaning in Shakespeare

    Peter Groves
  • Verge 2012

    Samantha Clifford and Rosalind McFarlane
  • Reading Robinson

    Anna Johnston and Mitchell Rolls
  • Peace with Justice

    Clinton Fernandes
  • Old Myths and New Approaches

    Alexandra Haendel
  • Asia Pacific Education

    Philip Wing Keung Chan
  • Intersections and Counterpoints

    Luke Morgan
  • Knowing Indonesia

    Jemma Purdey
  • A Slow Ride into the Past

    Jason Lim
  • Federation Square Melbourne

    Seamus O'Hanlon
  • Telling Stories

    Tanya Dalziell and Paul Genoni
  • Henry Black

    Ian McArthur
  • The China Breakthrough

    Billy Griffiths
  • Wanderings in India

    Rick Hosking and Amit Sarwal
  • Verge 2016

    Megan Blake, Annie Bourke and Bonnie Reid
  • Beyond Gallipoli

    Raelene Frances and Bruce Scates
  • Antipodes

    Avan Judd Stallard
  • Small Screens

    Michelle Arrow, Jeannine Baker and Clare Monagle
  • Making a Difference

    Rani Kerin
  • Writing for Raksmey

    Joan Healy
  • Conceiving the Goddess

    Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat and Ian Mabbett
  • Basudara Stories of Peace from Maluku

    Jacky Manuputty, Zairin Salampessy, Ihsan Ali-Fauzi, Irsyad Rafsadi | Translated by Hilary Syaranamual
  • Bridges of Friendship

    Ann McCarthy and Ailsa Thomson Zainuddin
  • Subtle Moments

    Bruce Grant
  • The Return of Print?

    Aaron Mannion and Emmett Stinson
  • Revolution in the City of Heroes

    Suhario Padmodiwiryo  | Translated by Frank Palmos
  • The Vagabond Papers

    Michael Cannon, Robert G. Flippen and Willa McDonald
  • Who’s Afraid of International Law?

    Raimond Gaita and Gerry Simpson
  • Unnamed Desires

    Rebecca Jennings
  • Respectable Radicals

    Marian Quartly and Judith Smart
  • Monash Steps / Stawell Steps

    Hiroshi Nakao, Nigel Bertram, Virginia Mannering, with Peter Bennetts (Photographer)
  • Activism and Aid

    Ann Wigglesworth
  • Saved to Remember

    Frank Vajda
  • First Blood

    Sally Dammery
  • Women, War and Islamic Radicalisation in Maryam Mahboob’s Afghanistan

    Faridullah Bezhan
  • The Sexual Abuse of Children

    Yorick Smaal, Andy Kaladelfos and Mark Finnane
  • A Handful of Sand

    Charlie Ward
  • Manga Vision

    Sarah Pasfield-Neofitou and Cathy Sell,  with manga artist Queenie Chan
  • How to Vote Progressive in Australia

    Dennis Altman and Sean Scalmer
  • Research in the Archival Multiverse

    Anne J Gilliland, Sue McKemmish and Andrew J Lau
  • The Conscription Conflict and the Great War

    Robin Archer, Joy Damousi, Murray Goot and Sean Scalmer
  • The Spirit of Secular Art

    Robert Nelson
  • From Ferranti to Faculty

    Sarah Rood
  • Still Learning

    Fay Woodhouse
  • Drawing the Line

    Richard Scully and Marian Quartly
  • Fatal Contact

    Peter Dowling
  • ‘Me Write Myself’

    Leonie Stevens
  • Verge 2017

    Bonnie Reid, Aisling Smith and Gavin Yates
  • Tinkering

    Katherine Wilson
  • The Good Country

    Bain Attwood
  • Hasan Mustapa

    Julian Millie
  • Australia

    John Rickard
  • Publishing Means Business

    Aaron Mannion, Millicent Weber and Katherine Day
  • South Pacific Museums

    Chris Healy and Andrea Witcomb
  • Fault Lines Exposed

    Scott Baum, Kevin O'Connor and Robert Stimson
  • Of Labour and Liberty

    Race Mathews
  • Australia’s Northern Shield?

    Bruce Hunt
  • Australian Lives

    Anisa Puri and Alistair Thomson
  • Required Reading

    Tim Dolin, Joanne Jones and Patricia Dowsett
  • A Historian for All Seasons

    Stuart Macintyre, Lenore Layman and Jenny Gregory
  • Making Modern Australia

    Jenny Hocking
  • Slow Catastrophes

    Rebecca Jones
  • Recordkeeping Informatics for a Networked Age

    Frank Upward, Barbara Reed, Gillian Oliver and Joanne Evans
  • A Naga Odyssey

    Visier Meyasetsu Sanyü with Richard Broome
  • Australians in Italy

    Bill Kent, Ros Pesman and Cynthia Troup
  • Melbourne 2030

    Bob Birrell, Kevin OConnor, Virginia Rapson and Ernest Healy
  • Digital Divas

    Julie Fisher, Catherine Lang, Annemieke Craig and Helen Forgasz, with Amber McLeod

Events

Long Half-life: Ian Lowe in conversation with Carmen Lawrence

State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street, Perth, WA

Hosted by the Climate Council of Western Australia (CCWA), join us for a special evening with Professor Ian Lowe AO and CCWA President Carmen Lawrence AO to explore the history...

Grilling the Democracy Sausage

Canberra Writers Festival - Museum of Australian Democracy

Does our country have a vision for a stronger economy, fairer society, and more environmentally sustainable future? Who dares to imagine and fight for a better Australia? Speakers include Jo...

The Change Makers

Canberra Writers Festival - Museum of Australian Democracy

Participating Chair: Linda Jaivin • Emma Batchelor, Diana Reid and Jo Dyer Sometimes significant incidents in life can only be fully appreciated after they’ve passed. Four passionate women unpack pivotal...

Comrade — It’s Time Again!

Canberra Writers Festival - Kambri Cultural Centre Australian National University

Moderator: Paul Bongiorno • Christine Sykes, Jenny Hocking, John Faulkner and Paul Kelly 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Whitlam Government being elected to office. Our panel talks all...

The Toughest Assignment

Canberra Writers Festival - Kambri Cultural Centre Australian National University

Moderator: Karen Middleton • Kylie Moore-Gilbert, John Lyons and Andrew Quilty From Kabul to Tehran via the conflict in the Middle East, how does one survive the harrowing risks that...