The figure in the carpet: The stories we tell ourselves

Robert Phiddian

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A new monarch succeeded the day I sat down to write this review about the idea of Australia. Prime Minister Albanese, in a blessedly unpoliticised speech about Elizabeth II’s death, was direct in announcing that he and the governor-general would be heading to London, ‘where we will meet the king’.

Ours is an independent nation that was federated under a British imperial monarch in 1901; a European nation in Southeast Asia; a nation of migrants from many lands, dominated by the institutions and concerns of the Anglosphere; oh, and the land where the oldest continuous cultures persist after 60,000 years. It can be a bit confusing.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationAustralian Book Review
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


  • Society
  • Cultural Studies
  • Julianne Schultz
  • Australian studies
  • Robert Phiddian


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