The Book Club

Carmen Callil: Oh Happy Day

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In This Episode

My guest in this week’s Book Club podcast is the publisher and historian Carmen Callil, whose new book Oh Happy Day: Those Times and These Times, tells the story of how her 18th-century ancestors were transported to Australia. She uses their story as a window into a densely imagined account of English and Aussie social history, and of the darker side of empire. She tells me why the Industrial Revolution wasn’t always a good thing, why it isn’t over the top to compare the British state apparatus to the Nazis – but also about her own childhood in Melbourne and why as a fervent anti-imperialist she accepted a Damehood.


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