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Vale, Giles Auty

28 September 2020

3:01 PM

28 September 2020

3:01 PM

It is with great sadness that we must inform SpecOz readers that the wonderful Giles Auty passed away last week following a heart attack. Not only was Giles a prolific columnist who was a regular favourite in the pages of The Spectator Australia, where his column cartoon depicted him taking a sledgehammer to the world of post-modern political correctness and neo-Marxism, but he also wrote 500 columns for The UK Spectator during the eighties and nineties of which he was immensely proud. It was in those columns that many of us first became equated with his acute powers of observation, fierce intellect, wonderful dry sense of humour and delightful writing style.

Giles moved to Australia with his wife Annouchka in 1995 and immediately caused controversy with his strong opinions on the failings of (post-modern) Australian art — opinions he wrote about to the very end. Indeed, his final column appeared The Spectator Australia just two weeks ago.

As former High Court judge and author Ian Callinan noted: ‘What a remarkable list of achievements Giles had, painter, writer, art critic, public affairs commentator and, I think, was he not also a fine tennis player and cricketer? He was a wonderful conversationalist as well. It is a great loss to us all.’ 

Giles Auty’s most recent book, Culture at Crisis Point, is published by Connor Court. Below is a link to Giles Auty in a 2018 appearance on Sky News Australia Outsiders. 

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