Governor-General launches Monash University Publishing book in Canberra

Left to right at the launch: Dale Spender, author Patricia Clarke and her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce. (Photo taken by Cathrine Harboe-Ree)

At the launch (L-R): Feminist and researcher Dale Spender, author Patricia Clarke and Governor-General Quentin Bryce. Photo by Cathrine Harboe-Ree.

Monash University Publishing was honoured to have its latest book launched last week by the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Honourable Quentin Bryce, at the National Library of Australia in Canberra.

The book, Eilean Giblin: A Feminist between the Wars is the 12th book by Patricia Clarke;  it documents how Eilean Giblin advanced her commitment to women’s rights and social justice following her arrival in Australia in 1919.

Patricia Clarke draws on original records and evidence, such as Giblin’s diary kept during World War II – a unique social record and a powerful witness to the immense suffering and futility of war – to portray the courageous public and private life of this unconventional feminist.

Ms Bryce described the book in glowing terms, saying it “represents an extraordinary contribution to scholarship, to advanced research, to our knowing more about our individual and collective histories and cultures”.

Of the author she said: “With assiduous research, a capacity for thorough investigation, for chasing unlikely threads – skills that I envy – Patricia fulfils her purpose.”

Nathan Hollier, Director of Monash University Publishing, said the press was thrilled that Ms Bryce was involved in the launch. “We are highly appreciative of her passionate interest and time invested. Her agreement to launch the book was a real coup for us.”

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