Hugh Mackay is a social researcher and bestselling author of 19 books, including The Good Life, The Art of Belonging and Australia Reimagined. He has not one, but two new books out in August 2020. The first book is called The Inner Self. A book about the ways we hide from the truth about ourselves and the psychological freedom we enjoy when we finally face that most searching question of all: ‘Who am I, really?’
And the second book is a novel of stunning originality called The Question of Love.
Before you get into the upcoming books, read a snippet of Hugh Mackay’s latest, Australia Reimagined below.
About Australia Reimagined:
‘When it comes to our future, misplaced optimism is as dangerous as blind faith. What is needed is the courage to face the way things are, and the wisdom and imagination to work out how to make things better.’
Australia’s unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Individualism is rampant. Income inequality is growing. Public education is under-resourced. The gender revolution is stalling. We no longer trust our major institutions or our political leaders. We are more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more overweight, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted – whether to our digital devices, drugs, pornography or ‘stuff’.
Yet esteemed social researcher Hugh Mackay remains optimistic. Twenty-five years ago, he revolutionised Australian social analysis with the publication of Reinventing Australia. Now he takes another unflinching look at us and offers some compelling proposals for a more compassionate and socially cohesive Australia. You might not agree with everything he suggests, but you’ll find it hard to get some of his ideas out of your head.
Argued with intelligence and passion, this book is essential reading for everyone who loves Australia enough to want to make it a better place for us all.