24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Hugh Mackay AO

Hugh Mackay is a prolific and well-known social researcher, writer and commentator in Australia. Hugh was a newspaper columnist for over 25 years, and is now an honorary professor of social science at the University of Wollongong.

Selling the Dream is his seventh novel. His most recent non-fiction book, Beyond Belief, was published in 2016. He is a fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and, in 2015, was appointed an officer of the Order of Australia. He lives with his wife in Canberra.


Canberra Writers Festival events

Hugh Mackay in conversation with Jane Caro

The advertising industry is ripe for satire - and who better to lay bare the machinations of this lucrative tinsel factory than social researcher, writer and commentator Hugh Mackay?

Hugh’s seventh novel Selling the Dream follows the mixed fortunes of Lincoln The Hunter - universally admired, charming and the jewel in the crown of agency KK&C.

Saturday 26th August 2017, 2:15pm. University House, Australian National University.
Tickets: Adult $24.00; Concession $21.95; Junior $11.75


About the book

If someone asked me who should write a satirical novel about the advertising business - someone with inside knowledge who could write well and was extremely clever and amusing - I'd say, 'See if Hugh Mackay is available.'
John Clarke

Lincoln The Hunter is living the dream. Universally admired and terrifically charming, he has a formidable reputation in the world of advertising, and is the jewel in the crown of agency KK&C.
When Linc is handed the reins of the high-budget, high-profile campaign for the groundbreaking new snack 'The Ripper', he knows it's his chance to leverage his way to greater success and greener, more glamourous pastures. No matter that it will leave KK&C floundering in his wake ...
Ruthless in his pursuit of professional success, it doesn't occur to Linc that he himself might be the pawn in this great game of advertising, where no method - be it a calculated office affair or 'disruptive skydiving' - is off limits to aid in selling the dream.
In this laugh-out-loud funny and frighteningly believable satire, Hugh Mackay lays bare the machinations of this multi-million-dollar industry, and leaves you wondering just where the line between parody and reality falls.

Selling the Dream is published by Pan Macmillan Australia.

Buy the book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

Hugh Mackay:the state of the nation starts in your street, The Conversation, January 2017.

10 Questions: Hugh Mackay, social researcher, 75, The Australian, September 2013.

Hugh Mackay on Australians and belief, Radio National, May 2016.

Beyond Belief: Why Australians don't go to church, but call upon God in times of crisis, ABC News, May 2016. [review]

More Australians are boycotting church but staying 'spiritual', says author Hugh Mackay, The Canberra Times, April 2016.



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