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Modern Love : The Lives of John and Sunday Reed - Kendrah Morgan

Modern Love

The Lives of John and Sunday Reed

Paperback Published: 1st October 2015
ISBN: 9780522862812
Number Of Pages: 304

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Much has been written about the lives and art of Heide, but finally the remaining members of the inner circle have entrusted the full story to be told through this intimate biography of John and Sunday Reed.

Part romance, part tragedy, Modern Love explores the complex lives of these champions of successive generations of Australian artists and writers, detailing their artistic endeavours and passionate personal entanglements.

It is a story of rebellion against their privileged backgrounds and of a bohemian existence marked by extraordinary achievements, intense heartbreak and enduring love. John and Sunday's was a remarkable partnership that affected all those who crossed the threshold into Heide and which altered the course of art in Australia.

About the Author

Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan are curators at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne. They co-authored Sunday's Kitchen and Sunday's Garden.

Industry Reviews

"This book is like a dream, a dream to enrich us."
Mirka Mora

"An engrossing, highly informed portrait of a remarkable couple and their times."
Steven Carroll

"Here is one of Australia's great stories: one of immense achievement and loss in equal measure."
Richard Haese

Glad to have purchased this book


A glimpse into the early lives of John and Sunday Reed and how they influenced art and artists that still reverberate the art world today.



great book


I've long been intrigued by Sunday Reeds' life. This book is both factual and compelling. She lived her life her own way at a time when it was rare to do so.

Tathra, NSW


so very melbourne


Because of the weight and formatting this is not a "reading-in-bed" book. It is, however, a fascinating reference book about the Reeds and Heide, beautifully researched and stylishly written.It contains many "Wow! Did you know ..." answers about the early history of Melbourne, the development of modern art among the artists of Melbourne and the tragedies and triumphs in the lives of those involved at Heide.

country Victoria


I loved this book


I loved this book so much that I posted it to a friend in Melbourne




5.0 4


ISBN: 9780522862812
ISBN-10: 0522862810
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st October 2015
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.2 x 17.1  x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Number: 1