In Australia, argues Gaita, this idea of "a common humanity" is hampered by the lack of understanding of the crimes that have been committed against Indigenous peoples. When people’s souls have been lacerated by the wrongs done to them, he writes, "openness to their voices requires humbled attentiveness".
Five years ago, the death knell was sounded for the bookshop. But the paper book, which offers hours of deliciously deep, screen-free reading, has not gone the way of Kodachrome. In fact, bookstores are staging a minor comeback.