Erik Jensen - The Prosperity Gospel

Tuesday 16 July 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Ticket $10.00, Book & Ticket $25.00
Tickets available until 16 July 2019 6:00 PM

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ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay is in-conversation with the editor-in-chief of The Saturday Paper, Erik Jensen discussing his Quarterly Essay, The Prosperity Gospel: How Scott Morrison won and Bill Shorten lost.

What went wrong for Labor and how did Scott Morrison achieve his remarkable victory? In this dazzling report from the campaign trail, Erik Jensen homes in on the insecurities that drive Bill Shorten and the certainties that helped Scott Morrison win. He considers how each man reflects, challenges and comforts the national character.

Who are Morrison’s “quiet Australians”? What did Shorten Labor fail to see? And will fear always trump hope in politics? The Prosperity Gospel sheds new light on the politics of a divided nation.

“Arthur Sinodinos says the election is a crapshoot. He’s in a car park in Nowra, waiting for Morrison. ‘The momentum has been with us at different times, especially in Queensland,’ he says. ‘Central Queensland, even the outer suburbs of Brisbane. It’s a narrow pathway to victory, with the odds going the other way. But it ain’t over until it’s over.’ Despite everything, Arthur Sinodinos has an honest face. He does not look confident.” Erik Jensen, The Prosperity Gospel 

Erik Jesen is the award-winning author of Acute Misfortune and On Kate Jennings. He is founding editor of The Saturday Paper and editor-in-chief of Schwartz Media.