By Bruce Grant
Bruce Grant was raised in outback Western Australia but lived and worked at or near the centre of power in Australia for several decades, as journalist and foreign correspondent, diplomat, and advisor to governments from Menzies to Whitlam to Hawke and Keating. He spent periods researching and teaching within universities, including as a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and was chairman of the Australia-Indonesia Institute and of major arts organisations, festivals and awards bodies. But throughout his life Grant has also been a successful writer, of film and theatre criticism, novels, short stories, essays, books. Australian High Commissioner to India (1973-1976), Grant was an early advocate of the importance of Asia, to Australia. With Gareth Evans he co-wrote Australia's Foreign Relations in the World of the 1990s (1991). His Indonesia (1964) remains a classic. In Subtle Moments Grant shares stories of public life, and its private dimensions, with literary aplomb and surprising candour, and, more than this, fascinatingly illuminates how Australia has changed over time, and how it might still develop for the better. Author bio Bruce Grant has been a film and theatre critic, foreign correspondent, public intellectual, academic, diplomat and government adviser, and is the author of ten works of non-fiction, six novels, essays and short stories. He was Australian High Commissioner to India (1973-76), Consultant to the federal Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Gareth Evans (1988-91) a member of the councils of Monash and Deakin universities, chairman of the Australia-Indonesia Institute, Australian Dance Theatre, and the Victorian Premier's literary awards, and president of Melbourne's international film festival, and the Spoleto festival, which became Melbourne's international arts festival.
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