'A book of remarkable originality... This is a ground-breaking social and cultural history.
'As the songwriter Paul Kelly says, biblical stories and language 'are part of the cultural air that we breath'. Lake's outstanding narrative history captures this atmosphere and makes sense of it with a rare skill. Reputedly secular and secularising Australia will never quite look the same again.'
- NSW Premier's History Award judges,
2019 Australian history prize
New print + audio editions
of multi-award winning book
Print: An updated print edition arrives in November, featuring a new, extended preface, 'Political Bibles'.
Audio: An audiobook edition arrives December 2020, via Wavesound Australia. Perfect for your summer listening list.
"I was completely hooked from the first paragraph... This book is perfect for those of us that like to know the origins of our communal thinking, believing and doing, and to consider what needs to change." - Chris Gordon, Readings Melbourne.
Praise for The Bible in Australia
"A vast and sweeping book … a highly original look at our past, a highly readable narrative … adding an extra dimension to our understanding of Australian religious and cultural history and addresses a significant gap in our collective knowledge." - Judges of the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
"Vivid story-telling and impossible to put down. Meredith Lake brings the Bible's chameleon-like presence in Australia's past alive. At last, this profoundly important aspect of Australian history has found its true historian. A remarkable achievement.' - Mark McKenna.
'Endlessly fascinating... told with a rich understanding of the strange ways of the human family. Lake brings a generosity of both mind and spirit to this vast story." - Michael McGirr, Sydney Morning Herald
Extraordinary... Immediately compelling... immensely satisfying. Lake's authority as an historian, her skills as a writer and her subject matter expertise are all on full display." - Rachel Franks, Dictionary of Sydney.
"I was completely hooked from the first paragraph... This book is perfect for those of us that like to know the origins of our communal thinking, believing and doing, and to consider what needs to change." - Chris Gordon, Readings.
A multi award winning book
Winner, Non-fiction prize, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature 2020
Winner, Australian History prize, Prime Ministers Literary awards 2019
Winner, Australian History prize, NSW Premier's history awards 2019
Book of the Year, Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, 2019
Australian Christian Book of the Year, 2018
Also by Meredith Lake
Faith in Action: Hammondcare
(UNSW Press, 2013)