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    DescriptionIn 1900 Vienna was one of the most exciting places to live in the world. Its glamorous high society was the envy of Europe, and it was the centre of an exploding arts movement that set the tone for the following century. Tim Bonyhady's family were leading patrons of the arts in fin de siecle Vienna: Gustav Klimt painted his great-grandmother's portrait, Josef Hoffmann designed their lavish residence and Gustav and Alma Mahler were close acquaintances. In Good Living Street Bonyhady follows the lives of three generations of women in his family in an intimate account of fraught relationships, romance, and business highs and lows. They enjoyed a lifestyle of unimaginable luxury and privilege until the rise of Nazism made their existence in Austria untenable. In 1938, as Kristallnacht was raging, his family fled Vienna for a small flat in Australia, taking with them the best private collection of art and design to escape the Nazis. As they remade their lives as refugees, the past was rarely discussed and fifty years passed before Tim discovered the remarkable arc of his family's fortunes.

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    Good Living Street
    The Fortunes of My Viennese Family
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tim Bonyhady
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 464
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 873 g
    ISBN 13: 9781743310045
    ISBN 10: 1743310048

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    BISAC V2.8: HIS022000, HIS040000, ART015030, BIO006000
    DC23: 943.613050922
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), geneal. table, ports.
    Allen & Unwin
    Imprint name
    Allen & Unwin
    Publication date
    01 July 2012
    Publication City/Country
    St Leonards
    Author Information
    Tim Bonyhady is an art historian and environmental lawyer. Since 2004 he has been director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law at the Australian National University. His many books include Images in Opposition: Australian Landscape Painting 1801-1890, Places Worth Keeping, Conservationists, Politics and Law and The Colonial Earth which won the NSW Premier's Prize for Australian History and the Queensland Premier's Prize for History. In 2013 he will be a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.
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    'The two books that I think have given me the most straightforward pleasure this year are P.G. Wodehouse: A Life in Letters and Tim Bonyhady's rich and enthralling Good Living Street. Of both one could say: "They needed to be written."' Alexander Waugh 'A delightful read, with obvious appeal for fans of The Hare with Amber Eyes.' The Bookseller 'A captivating tour-de-force.' Art Monthly 'Behind the glamour and wealth depicted in a Gustav Klimt painting lies an absorbing family story about the struggle to win social acceptance.' The Sydney Morning Herald '[Good Living Street] tells a riveting three-generational family story without sentimentality that, because of the meticulousness of the research, displays a whole society to us, with habits, lifestyles, attitudes and aspirations so different from ours... It is essentially an essay on the human spirit, with all its angularities and complexities.' Australian Literary Review