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John Armstrong was born in Glasgow, educated in Oxford and London and moved to Australia in 2001. He is the author of a several books, including In search of Civilisation (2009); Love Life Goethe (2006) and The Secret Power of Beauty (2004) - all published by Penguin.

He is a regular expert commentator on radio and contributor to major international newspapers and journals, and has conducted globally recognised lectures at forums as diverse as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, London’s National Gallery and Writers’ Festivals in Melbourne and Sydney.


  • 2008–present
    Senior Advisor, Office of the Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne


  • 1996 
    UCL , Ph.D


  • 2012
    How to worry less about money ,