The Bible in Australia

A cultural history
by Meredith Lake
$39.99

Publisher: NewSouth Publishing

Publication Date: April 02, 2018

ISBN: 9781742235714

Binding: Paperback

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Shortlisted for 2019 NSW Premier’s History Award: Australian history prize

‘STUNNING, REFRESHING AND ORIGINAL.’ — JULIA BAIRD

Koby Abberton emerges like a shark on to the sand at  Maroubra Beach. Tattooed from shoulder to shoulder, his body bares letters like teeth: ‘My brothers keeper’.

In this surprising and revelatory history of the Bible in Australia, Meredith Lake gets under the skin of a text that’s been read, wrestled with, preached and tattooed, and believed to  be everything from a resented imposition to the very Word of God.The Bible in Australia explores how in the hands of Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, writers, artists and Indigenous Australians, the Bible has played a contested but defining role in this country.

Read the review in Sight Magazine

'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 long-neglected yet profoundly important aspect of Australian history has found its true historian. A remarkable achievement.' — Mark McKenna 

'From the opening words about Bra Boy tattoos, this book  had me gripped. It breathes colour, poetry and life into our understanding of the Bible in Australia. A vital, much-needed addition to our understanding of faith in our country.' — Julia Baird

'The Bible in Australia is an unpretentious title for a remarkable book, and yet it is accurate enough. The Bible has been an ever-present aspect of life in Australia for 230 years, but no one has ever thought through its profound importance before.' — Alan Atkinson, Australian Book Review