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When London Calls : The Expatriation of Australian Creative Artists to Britain - Stephen Alomes

When London Calls

The Expatriation of Australian Creative Artists to Britain

Paperback Published: 11th October 1999
ISBN: 9780521629782
Number Of Pages: 352

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For thousands of young Australians the tearful dockside farewell was a rite of passage as they boarded ships bound for London. For some the journey was an extended holiday, but for many actors, painters, musicians, writers and journalists, leaving Australia seemed to be the only path to personal and professional fulfilment. This book is a collective biography of those people who found themselves categorised as expatriates - people such as Leo McKern, Dame Joan Sutherland, Barry Tuckwell, Don Banks, Phillip Knightley, John Pilger, Peter Porter, Richard Neville, Jill Neville and 'megastars' Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James. The book tells of choices they made about career and country, yet it is also a cultural history that traces shifts in the complex relationship between Australia and Britain, as the supposed colonial backwater began to develop its own cultural identity.

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' ... a delightful revelation of English attitudes to Australians and vice-versa.' The Examiner ' ... a valuable book ... Thoroughly researched, earnestly argued, it combs over the experience of exile and displacement.' The Weekend Australian '... makes a valuable contribution in exploring and contextualising expatriatism'. Australian Book Review

Introduction - Going away
An Australian theatre or a career on stage?
Sydney or Fleet Street
Musical directions
Patterns of discovery: artists
Patterns of exploration: writers
Grander stages: New seasons for Australian playwrights and actors
Long and winding musical roads: the careers of Australian expatriates and Australian music
The yellow brick road to the land of OZ...and beyond
Journalists' journeys
Crucible to firmament: Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James and the Expatriate Search for Fame
Home and identity
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ISBN: 9780521629782
ISBN-10: 0521629780
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 11th October 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.47