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"Sydney may look golden, but this is the sunniness of Mozart, whose bright notes, especially at their most joyous, seem to cast themselves out across a great abyss."
Sydney has always been the sexiest and most gaudy of our cities. In this book, the third in a series in which leading Australian authors write about their hometowns, novelist Delia Falconer conjures up its sandstone, humidity, and jacarandas. But she goes beyond these to find a far more complex city: beautiful, violent, half-wild, and at times deeply spiritual. It is a slightly unreal place, haunted by a past that it has never quite grasped, or come to terms with.
Here, in her first non-fiction book, she proves herself an adept memoirist. She twines the stories of the people that have made Sydney the twenty-first century city it is today. Mad clergymen, amateur astronomers, Indigenous weather experts, crims and victims, photographers and artists: their stories are surprising, funny, and moving.
About the Author
Delia Falconer is the author of The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers and The Service of Clouds. Her short stories and essays have been featured in various anthologies, including The Best Australian Essays, The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, and The Penguin Century of Australian Stories. She lives in Sydney, Australia.
Series: City series
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st October 2010
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 11.0 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.3