• Winner, 2019 NSW Premier's History Awards, Australian History prize

    'At last, this profoundly important aspect of Australian history

    has found its true historian. A remarkable achievement.'

    - Mark McKenna

  • '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

    Reviews of The Bible in Australia

    "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.

     
    "A remarkable book… Lake comes up with startling possibilities, and they keep surfacing all the way through the volume." - Alan Atkinson, Australian Book Review.

     

    '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.