Waging peace

Anne Deveson

Reflections on peace and war from an unconventional woman.

Looking back on a long and active life, Anne Deveson draws on a rich vein of public and private experiences to reflect on what made her the bold social commentator she became. Central among her lifelong preoccupations have been the questioning of war, and the promotion of peace.

Deveson describes her childhood during the Second World War in Britain, which prompted her family's evacuation to Malaya just before invasion by the Japanese, and further evacuation to Australia as refugees in 1942. At the end of the war, they returned to a devastated London to find people lining the pavements begging for food and, during the coldest winter on record, sleeping in the streets.

Returning to Australia in 1956, she built a career, which was unusual for a young mother in the 1960s, as a provocative commentator on issues of social justice and equality. As a member of the ground breaking and controversial Commission into Human Rights, she argued passionately for the disadvantaged.

Deveson's argues persuasively that, were we to wage peace with all the resources and passion that we wage war, differences could be resolved, and peace restored. 

Soft cover, photographs, 238 pages.