‘Friendship is a sheltering tree’: John Curtin’s letters 1907 to 1945
Author David Black, political commentator and author, provides a sensitive presentation of John Curtin’s most intimate letters, placing the correspondence within three distinct periods of Curtin’s life and setting the letters within finely rendered historical and personal contexts.
For the first time the letters chronicling the personal story of Curtin’s five year courtship with Elsie, previously only revealed in fragments, have now been published in full.
In addition to the letters to his wife, the book includes correspondence to colleagues, close friends and political allies, providing revealing insights into a man who gave all that he had to life and improving the lot of his fellow human beings and for whom love and affection remained constant from beginning to end.
Published by the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library.
ISBN 1 74067 040 X, pb., illus. $23.00 plus postage. Order online.