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Sophie Cunningham writes a year in the city's life, a year that takes us from the heatwave that culminated on Black Saturday when temperatures soared to 47 degrees to the destructive deluge of a hailstorm. She walks through Melbournes oldest suburb to its largest market, she goes to the footy and to the comedy festival, she talks publishing and learns how to use a letterpress. Along the way she journeys deep into her own recollections of the city she grew up in, and tells stories from its history: the theft of Picasso's Weeping Woman, the Hoddle Street massacre, William Barak's trek from Healesville, the Westgate Bridge Disaster, the high drama of the 1970 and 2009 AFL grand finals and the Market Murders of the sixties. She strolls by Melbourne's rivers and creeks while considering the history of the wetlands and river that sit at Melbourne's heart. She clambers through the drains that lie beneath. For it is water the corralling of it, the excess of it, the squandering of it, the lack of it that defines Melbourne's history, its present and its future.
Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. : University of New South Wales Press, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 9781742240442
Branch Call Number: 994.51 Cu
Description: 1 online resource (292 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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Jun 10, 2015

If you love Melbourne, reading and history, you'll probably love this book. It covers the years 2009 to 2010 and so we find the heatwave, Black Saturday, footy and laneways. It is by turns personal, historical, anecdotal and observational, told with a warm tone.


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