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In 2019, Patrick Mullins was an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Canberra; he holds a PhD from the University of Canberra, awarded in 2014. His debut book was a biography of William McMahon (2018), followed by an account of the obscenity trials over Penguin Australia's domestic edition of Philip Roth's Portnoy's Complaint (2020).

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y separately published work icon The Trials of Portnoy : How Penguin Brought down Australia's Censorship System Melbourne : Scribe , 2020 18465224 2020 single work criticism

'For more than seventy years, a succession of politicians, judges, and government officials in Australia worked in the shadows to enforce one of the most pervasive and conservative regimes of censorship in the world. The goal was simple: to keep Australia free of the moral contamination of impure literature. Under the censorship regime, books that might damage the morals of the Australian public were banned, seized, and burned; bookstores were raided; publishers were fined; and writers were charged and even jailed. But in the 1970s, that all changed.

'In 1970, in great secrecy and at considerable risk, Penguin Books Australia resolved to publish Portnoy’s ComplaintPhilip Roth’s frank, funny, and profane bestseller about a man hung up about his mother and his penis. In doing so, Penguin spurred a direct confrontation with the censorship authorities, which culminated in criminal charges, police raids, and an unprecedented series of court trials across the country.

'Sweeping from the cabinet room to the courtroom, The Trials of Portnoy draws on archival records and new interviews to show how Penguin and a band of writers, booksellers, academics, and lawyers determinedly sought for Australians the freedom to read what they wished — and how, in defeating the forces arrayed before them, they reshaped Australian literature and culture forever.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2020 longlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
y separately published work icon Tiberius with a Telephone : The Life and Stories of William McMahon Melbourne : Scribe , 2018 13911959 2018 single work biography

'The oddly compelling story of a man regarded as Australia’s worst prime minister.

'William McMahon was a significant, if widely derided and disliked, figure in Australian politics in the second half of the twentieth century. This biography tells the story of his life, his career, and his doomed attempts to recast views of his much-maligned time as Australia’s prime minister.

'In office, McMahon worked furiously to enact an agenda that grappled with the profound changes reshaping Australia. He withdrew combat forces from Vietnam, legislated for Commonwealth government involvement in childcare, established the first Department of the Environment, and accelerated the timetable for the independence of Papua New Guinea. But his failures would overshadow his successes, and by the time of the 1972 election McMahon would lead a divided, tired, and rancorous party to defeat.

'A man whose life was coloured by tragedy, comedy, persistence, courage, farce, and failure, McMahon’s story has never been told at length. Tiberius with a Telephone fills that gap, using deep archival research and extensive interviews with McMahon’s contemporaries and colleagues. It is a tour de force — an authoritative, compelling, and colourful account of a unique politician and a vital period in Australia’s history.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 winner National Biography Award
2020 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2019 longlisted Walkley Award Best Non-Fiction Book
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