In THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA, bestselling writer William McInnes brings together stories from regular Australians to create a personal view of our country since WWII.
Filled with reminiscences about Australia since World War Two plus William s own anecdotes and observations, THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA touches on the celebrations, sorrows and spirit of the last 70 years. It creates a national picture of our past and present, told through four main themes of romance, religion, family and home.
From the stories of service personnel returning home to the multicultural melting pot of postwar migration, to falling in and out of love, to the changes in beliefs and expectations, this book reveals a unique view of our country. Writtten alongside the four-part documentary series, THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA, produced by Essential Media and Entertainment and narrated by William McInnes.
The stories McInnes has collected are a window into our collective soul, which give us all a better understanding of where we have come from, and an appreciation of the country we live in. - Canberra Times
It is with wit and wisdom that McInnes guides us through our recent history, segueing from anecdote to analysis while chronicling the lives of ordinary Australians. - Herald Sun
The Making of Modern Australia resists easy nostalgia and avoids airbrushing out parts of our history we would rather avoid. - Sun Herald
William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular writers and actors. His books include the bestselling memoirs A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and That'd Be Right. In 2012 his book Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his wife, Sarah Watt, was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and Indie Awards.
Also an award-winning actor and best known for his leading roles in Blue Heelers and SeaChange, William has won two Logies and an AFI Award for Best Actor in the film Unfinished Sky. He recently starred in the TV dramas Deep Water and Rake.
William grew up in Queensland and lives in Melbourne with his two children.