Inspired by real events, this novel explores the human consequences for those caught up in the rapid transformation of a widely respected Australian corporation. Read more about “Grand Intentions”
Telecommunications aficionados will be fascinated to know that Emeritus Professor Trevor Barr, former Co-Chair of the Telstra Consultative Consumer Council, has just published a novel, Grand Intentions, that deals intensively with culture change during the two previous decades of the Australian telecommunications industry. While the characters in the novel are fictitious, much of the plot is driven by echoes of real events which occurred during the times of former Telstra CEOs Frank Blount and Sol Trujillo, in the 1900s and 200s respectively.
Independent reviews of the book ? all very favourable ? have appeared from three well-known industry identities: Peter Gerrand, David Havyatt and Jim Holmes. The titles of the first two reviews convey their authors' enthusiasm: 'The Trollope of Australian telecommunications' (PG) and 'When innovation is a ripping yarn' (DH). Jim Holmes commends the novel as a 'must-read for those with an interest in what could become a dystopian drama if not for … grand intentions and worthy aspirations'. The Gerrand and Holmes reviews can be found in the new September issue of Telsoc's e-journal, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.
Grand Intentions, already on sale, will be formerly launched on 21 September at Readings in Melbourne