'The revelatory story of the Bible in Australia, from the convict era to the Mabo land rights campaign, Nick Cave, the Bra Boys, and beyond. Thought to be everything from the word of God to a resented imposition, the Bible has been debated, painted, rejected, translated, read, gossiped about, preached, and tattooed.
'At a time when public discussion of religion is deeply polarised, Meredith Lake reveals the Bible’s dynamic influence in Australia and offers an innovative new perspective on Christianity and its changing role in our society. In the hands of writers, artists, wowsers, Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, Indigenous activists, and many more – the Bible has played a defining and contested role in Australia.
'A must-read for sceptics, the curious, the lapsed, the devout, the believer, and non-believer. ' (Publication summary)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on the review, commissioned by Premier Barry O'Farrell, of the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and the New South Wales Premier's History Prize. Neither award will be presented in 2012 during the Sydney Writers' Week, as has been the practice in recent years. The review was completed in November 2011, but had not been released by March 2012.
Wyndham also notes Andrew Bifield's win the written-word category of the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards.