Harold White Fellow Presentation

Sun Books

Detail of cover, Geoffrey Dutton ed.,
Australia and the Monarchy: A Symposium
(Sydney: Sun Books, 1966)

The Time was Ripe:
Sun Books as an Agent of Cultural Change in Australia

John Arnold
Thursday 19 November 2009
5.30 pm
Conference Room, free

Sun Books was founded as an independent Australian paperback publisher by Geoffrey Dutton and Brian Stonier in 1965. Its range of titles was impressive, covering fiction, verse, history, politics and topical issues, and included Geoffrey Blainey’s The Tyranny of Distance (1966). Sun Books published around 400 titles before becoming the paperback imprint of Macmillan in 1982.

In this lecture, John Arnold will discuss how Sun Books contributed to the dynamic changes in Australia in the 1960s—changes that culminated in the election of the Whitlam government in 1972.

John Arnold is a Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University.