30 Days in Sydney

30 Days in Sydney : The Writer and the City

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After living in New York for ten years novelist Peter Carey returned home to Sydney with the idea of capturing its ebullient character via the four elements. 'I would never seek to define Manhattan by asking my New York friends for stories of Earth and Air and Fire and Water,' he writes, 'but that is exactly what was in my mind as I walked through immigration at Kingsford Smith International Airport.' But Carey's friends turn out to be anarchic characters each of whom has had his own very individual ways of story-telling. Carey draws the reader helplessly into a wild and wonderful journey of discovery and re-discovery. Reading this book is a very physical experience, as bracing as the famous Southerly buster that sometimes batters Sydney's beauteous shores. Famous visual extravaganzas such as Bondi Beach, the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains all take on a strange new intensity when exposed to the penetrating gaze of Peter and his friends. "Thirty Days In Sydney" offers the reader a private glimpse behind the glittering facades and the venetian blinds. It will exhilarate and enchant all who visit.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 140 pages
  • 118 x 178 x 22mm | 281.23g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • maps
  • 0747555001
  • 9780747555001
  • 75,818

Review quote

"This is a fabulously idiosyncratic small masterpiece ... it's so good it takes your breath away." --"Times""of London" (UK)"This is a hymn of praise to Sydneyand to its people. A little book, but an incredibly rich one." --"Scotland ""on Sunday "(UK)"It is a vintage performance. He makes you want to get on the next Qantas flight out of Heathrow." --"Evening Standard" (UK)"The writer in him gets truly hooked, and so does the reader ... a book of fierce color and shape." --"New York Times"show more

About Peter Carey

Peter Carey is the author of seven highly acclaimed novels including the 1988 winner of the Booker Prize, OSCAR AND LUCINDA. His latest novel is TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG. He lives in New York with his wife Alison Summers and their two sons.show more

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4 33% (142)
3 38% (161)
2 12% (53)
1 4% (18)
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