On Luck

Anne Summers
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On Luck

On Luck

Anne Summers
Australia has always prided itself on its luck. In her challenging, provocative essay Anne Summers picks apart this cherished belief of luck and being lucky, and suggests that maybe we can do better.

"Australians' fervent belief in luck is deeply etched in our consciousness. More than with the citizens of other countries, it affects the way we see most things. When someone escapes serious injury or death in an accident, we remark on how lucky they were. We don't say they were unlucky to have had the accident in the first place."

In On Luck, Anne Summers explores the gambling culture that is so intrinsic to being Australian, corruption in business, the economy, our obsession with being 'The Lucky Country', and which Australian city is the best example of a place that has relied on its luck and lost.

MUP's Little Books on Big Themes series pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with some of the big themes in life.

"Australians' fervent belief in luck is deeply etched in our consciousness. More than with the citizens of other countries, it affects the way we see most things. When someone escapes serious injury or death in an accident, we remark on how lucky they were. We don't say they were unlucky to have had the accident in the first place."

In On Luck, Anne Summers explores the gambling culture that is so intrinsic to being Australian, corruption in business, the economy, our obsession with being 'The Lucky Country', and which Australian city is the best example of a place that has relied on its luck and lost.

MUP's Little Books on Big Themes series pairs leading Australian thinkers and cultural figures with some of the big themes in life.

About the author

Anne Summers

Anne Summers is the author of The Lost Mother, Damned Whores and God's Police, Gamble for Power, Ducks on the Pond and The End of Equality, among other books. She has edited the landmark American feminist magazine Ms. and Good Weekend as well as writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Financial Review and numerous other publications. She has been an advisor to prime ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating, chaired the Board of Greenpeace International and been Deputy President of Sydney's Powerhouse Museum. She lives in Sydney.

About Anne Summers

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