Rebecca Huntley, Still Lucky: Why You Should Feel Optimistic About Australia And Its People. Penguin, 2017

There is, by now, a standard presentation for a certain type of Australian non-fiction book, one that the publishers hope will do well among the festival crowd, and in the windows. Strong, large title, affirmative breezy cover picture, usually of a beach, and endorsement quotes by either George Megalogenis, David Marr, Annabel Crabb and/or Laura Tingle. Indeed, there’s now an entire medical condition, the Megalogenis tingle, which is the shooting sensation a publisher gets when they realise they have another manuscript of this type in their hands, ready for flogging.