Former Oberon author Michelle Arrow wins awards for her book on the '70s

SUCCESS: Michelle Arrow has won the 2020 Ernest Scott prize for history for her book "The Seventies: The Personal, Political and the Making of Modern Australia".

SUCCESS: Michelle Arrow has won the 2020 Ernest Scott prize for history for her book "The Seventies: The Personal, Political and the Making of Modern Australia".

Former Oberon resident Michelle Arrow has won the 2020 Ernest Scott prize for history for her book The Seventies: The Personal, Political and the Making of Modern Australia.

The Seventies, which examines the history of Australia through the decade, was chosen from a shortlist of four announced in April. The prize, worth $13,000, is awarded annually to the book judged to be the most distinguished contribution to the history of Australia or New Zealand or to the history of colonisation published.

The prize is presented by the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Arts in conjunction with the Australian Historical Association. The judges said Arrow's book was an intensely and relevant history of the 1970s.

"Michelle Arrow brings to light the astonishing politics of a remarkable decade," they said.

"Far from nostalgia for an era of collective activism, Arrow reminds us of the achievements of those committed to social change and does not shy away from the difficult and personal divisions of the identity politics of the time."