The Lucky Country: Popular Penguins
He just wanted a decent book to read . . .
'Australia is a lucky country, run mainly by second-rate people who share its luck.'
First published in 1964 The Lucky Country caused a sensation. The book was a wake-up call to an unimaginative nation, an indictment of a country mired in mediocrity and manacled to its past.
'We believed in the existence of a vast reading public for intelligent books at a low price, and staked everything on it.' Sir Allen Lane, 1902-1970, founder of Penguin Books