Shortlist year: 
2011
Shortlist category: 
Non-fiction
Published by: 
NewSouth Publishing

About the book

Bookcover: Sydney, by Delia Falconer, 2011

 

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. It is a slightly unreal place, haunted by a past that it has never quite grasped, or come to terms with. Here, Falconer 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.