Lines of Fire : Manning Clark and Other Writings

Author(s): Peter Ryan

Second Hand Military History

This volume-the first published selection of this author's prolific journalism and essays-counts among its riches an excerpt from the wartime classic "Fear Drive My Feet", the award-winning essay "End of the Dreamtime", his widely praised memoirs of Macmahon Ball and the authors he knew as friends-among them A D Hope and Paul Hasluck-some of his finest book reviews, and the three devastating critiques of the historian Manning Clark, which first appeared in 1993 and 1994 and created a national furore.


Whether writing of a contemporary whose qualities he prized, or describing the glories of Proust, the joys of Norman Lindsay or the shadow worlds of Graham Greene and T E Lawrence, the 'Ryan Touch' is unmistakable-sharp, witty, perceptive. This is a book to be treasured not only for the wisdom of its insights and the beauty of its prose but for the light it shines on one of the uncorrupted intellects of our time.

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  • : 9780909759032
  • : Clarion Editions
  • : Clarion Editions
  • : October 1997
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  • : Peter Ryan
  • : Paperback
  • : 255