Dr Meredith Lake is a historian of religion, society and culture with a PhD from the University of Sydney. Her books include Faith in Action: HammondCare (UNSW Press, 2013), a study of one of Australia’s largest but least known Christian charities from the Great Depression to the 21st century, and The Bible in Australia: a cultural history (NewSouth, 2018) which won the Australian History prize at both the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the 2019 NSW Premier’s History awards. It was also named winner of the Non-Fiction award at the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, the 2019 CHASS Book of the year and 2018 Australian Christian Book of the Year.
Meredith took up a Distinguished Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Sydney, where she studied with some of the leading cultural historians in the country. Her PhD explores religious narratives about land in colonial Australia.
Now an Honorary Associate of the Department of History at Sydney University, Meredith has presented Soul Search since January 2019.