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Part diatribe, part cool reflection on the state of Australia's public language, Don Watson's Death Sentence is scathing, funny and brilliant...in public life the language has never been held in less regard. It withers in the dungeons of the technocratic mind. It is butchered by the media. In politics it lacks all qualifications for the main game.' Almost sixty years ago, George Orwell described the decay of language and why this threatened democratic society. But compared to what we now endure, the public language of Orwell's day brimmed with life and truth. Today's corporations, government departments, news media, and, perhaps most dangerously, politicians speak to each other and to us in cliched, impenetrable, lifeless sludge. Don Watson can bear it no longer. In Death Sentence, part diatribe, part cool reflection on the state of Australia's public language, he takes a blowtorch to the words and their users who kill joy, imagination and clarity. Scathing, funny and brilliant, Death Sentence is a small book of profound weight and timeliness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781740512787
ISBN-10: 1740512782
Format: Paperback
(194mm x 127mm x 14mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Don Watson

Don Watson Don Watson is one of Australia's most distinguished writers. His bestselling account of his time as Paul Keating's speechwriter, Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, won several awards, as did his 2008 release American Journeys. Don also wrote Bendable Learnings (2009), a successor to Death Sentence and Weasel Words.

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