Aunts Up the Cross

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Aunts Up the Cross

Aunts Up the Cross

  • Author: Robin Dalton
  • Publisher: Text Publishing
  • ISBN: 1922253375
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 160
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My great Aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty-five. The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction. Growing up in the 1930s in a grand old home in Sydney’s bohemian Kings Cross, Robin Dalton experienced a childhood of curiosity and wonder. Raised by a bevy of idiosyncratic aunts and a revolving door of unconventional houseguests, Dalton recalls a time when children had real adventures in a world not easy but perhaps less complicated than today’s. With a gentle warmth and wicked wit, Robin Dalton brings to life all the colour, glamour and charm of Australian society between the wars. Steeped in nostalgia, Aunts Up the Cross is a delightfully funny memoir of family, childhood and an Australia of yesteryear. Robin Dalton was born in Sydney, and has lived in London since 1946. She has been a television performer, an intelligence agent, a literary agent and a film producer (Madame Souzatska starring Shirley Maclaine; Oscar and Lucinda starring Cate Blanchett), as well as an author. Her 1965 account of her childhood in Kings Cross, Aunts up the Cross remains an Australian classic. The previously unpublished My Relations will be released in 2015. ‘Hysterically funny.’ Jennifer Byrne ‘A hugely energetic gallop, nicely complemented by Dinah Dryhurst’s spikey, spirited illustrations...[Dalton] lived a technicolour, quite glorious life, which you’ll enjoy being diverted by.’ New Zealand Herald ‘A quirky and hilarious childhood memoir. I haven’t laughed so much in years.’ Tim Flannery, The Books We Loved 2016, Sydney Morning Herald

Even As We Speak

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Even As We Speak

Even As We Speak

Criticism

  • Author: Clive James
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 0330526677
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 400
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Effervescent, energetic and eclectic, this is one of the late Twentieth Century's finest minds (and bellies) on show. Even As We Speak is a compelling collection of essays in which Clive James focusses on Australian poetry; on television today; on the rise and fall of various icons; on the question of the culpability of the ordinary German in the holocaust; and there is a compellingly provocative and much-talked about piece on the death of Diana.

Kings Cross

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Kings Cross

Kings Cross

A Biography

  • Author: Louis Nowra
  • Publisher: NewSouth
  • ISBN: 1742241565
  • Category: History
  • Page: 640
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A longtime resident of Kings Cross, celebrated Australian author, playwright, and screenwriter Louis Lowra, in an ode to the neighborhood, cajoles readers into reimagining the most infamous and misunderstood place in Australia, a magnet for bohemianism, cosmopolitanism, and organized crime. In a wildly energetic book that walks the streets, sits in bars, chats with locals, and spends time in clubs and apartments where the walls, if they could talk, would tell a story or two, Nowra traverses the history and the future of his beloved neighborhood. He burrows beneath the sensationalist narrative of an underbelly of sex and sin to reveal stories and a cast of characters too astonishing to be fictitious. Backpackers, prostitutes, strippers, chefs, poets, beggars, booksellers, doctors, gangsters, judges, artists, and others live side-by-side in Kings Cross, and eyewitness, historian, and man-about-town Louis Nowra is the perfect guide to a no-holds-barred place that is as much physical as it is a state of mind.

Artful Histories

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Artful Histories

Artful Histories

Modern Australian Autobiography

  • Author: David McCooey
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 9780521567909
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 237
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An important contribution to our understanding of autobiography, its history and the Australian experience.

In the Gutter-- Looking at the Stars

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In the Gutter-- Looking at the Stars

In the Gutter-- Looking at the Stars

A Literary Adventure Through Kings Cross

  • Author: Louis Nowra
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781740510127
  • Category: Australian literature
  • Page: 400
  • View: 8861
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Every great city in the world has its famous red light district - they are practically household names, synonymous with vice, sex and sin; Reeperbahn, Forty Second Street, Soho, Pigalle - and Sydney's very own Kings Cross is no exception. But, like those other famous red light districts, if brothels and cheap restaurants could afford the rent, so could artists, writers and poets. Since the 1890s, the Cross has nurtured Sydney's literati at its ample, bared bosom, either housing them or providing a racy - or even dignified - setting for their work. From Patrick White, Sumner Locke Elliott, and Kenneth Slessor in the early days, through Kate Grenville, David Marr, Frank Moorhouse and John Tranter, to Luke Davies, Justine Ettler, and of course Mandy Sayer and Louis Nowra themselves, writers have lived in, loved and looked at the Cross. Sure, she's untidy and a little rough around the edges, and maybe a little frumpy these days, but she's still the Cross, and she looms large in our collective imagination, provocative and pouting on the doorstep of the city. This collection will surprise readers with its breadth and range - Kings Cross wasn't always the bad part of town, as Patrick White and M. Barbard Eldershaw reveal. But there are also plenty of stories of vice and sleaze in there as well. LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS White, Patrick, Voss, Deamer, Dulcie, The Queen of Bohemia, Lindsay, Jack, The Roaring Twenties Gill, Lydia, My Town: Sydney in the 1930s, Slessor, Kenneth, My Kings Cross and poetry Cusack, Dymphna and F. James, Come in Spinner M. Barnard Eldershaw, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" Herbert. Bob No Names...No Pack Drill Johnston, George Clean Straw for Nothing Mackenzie, Kenneth Seaforth "The Refuge" Roland, Betty, Kings Cross Rose, Jon, At the Cross Baranay, Inez., Pagan John Clare, Bodgie Dada and The Cult of Cool Grenville, Kate, Lilian's Story Lennox, Gina and Rush, Frances, People of the Cross-True Stories from People Who Live and Work in Kings Cross Locke Elliott, Sumner, Fairyland Beaver, Bruce, poetry Doyle, Peter, Get Rich Quick Humphries, Barry More Please Smith, Vivian, poetry Sykes, Roberta, Snake Dancing Komunyakaa, Yusef, poetry Moorhouse, Frank, The Americans, Baby Tranter, John, poetry Aitken, Graeme, Vanity Fierce Bobis, Merlinda, White Turtle Davies, Luke, Candy Ettler, Justine, The River Ophelia Lord, Gabrielle, Whipping Boy Nowra, Louis, Red Nights Sayer, Mandy, The Cross McCuaig, Ronald, poetry

The Bulletin

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The Bulletin

The Bulletin

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Sydney (N.S.W.)
  • Page: N.A
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The Penguin Book of Australian Autobiography

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The Penguin Book of Australian Autobiography

The Penguin Book of Australian Autobiography

  • Author: John Colmer,Dorothy Colmer
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Australia
  • Page: 282
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Extracts from the autobiographies and memoirs of over forty Australians, including Dick Roughsey, Kevin Gilbert and Charles Perkins.

Westerly

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Westerly

Westerly

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Literature, Modern
  • Page: N.A
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Spirit of Place

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Spirit of Place

Spirit of Place

Source of the Sacred : 1998 Australian International Religion Literature and the Arts Conference Proceedings

  • Author: James Tulip,Michael Griffith
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Arts and religion
  • Page: 367
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