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Against the Grain: Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark in Australian History and Politics
Against the Grain examines the dual careers of Brian Fitzpatrick and Manning Clark and shows the political and personal difficulties that beset them both during their careers. Fitzpatrick was the older by a full decade, born in 1905 and raised in the lower middle-class suburb of Moonee Ponds. From the local state school and Essendon High he won a scholarship to The University of Melbourne and a further residential scholarship to Trinity College. While here, he became active in student life and helped found both the Labour Club and the student newspaper, Farrago. This was perhaps an outlet for his rebellious spirit.
Brian Fitzpatrick obtained sponsorship to postgraduate research in England in 1926, but was already more interested in writing, radicalism and roistering. He returned in 1927 to journalism in Sydney, and a brief marriage to the historian Kathleen took him back in 1933 to Melbourne, where he was feature-writer for the Herald. He abandoned regular employment in 1936 to pursue historical research and campaign for civil liberties. The former brought temporary support as a research fellow at The University of Melbourne; the latter drew him into the company of like-minded progressives and a period of service with the wartime Labor government. Both led to a second marriage in 1940.