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  • Published: 1 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780143002666
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $33.00
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Black Kettle & Full Moon: Daily Life in a Vanished Australia


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In the bestselling Black Kettle and Full Moon, master storyteller Geoffrey Blainey takes us on another absorbing journey – a guided tour of a vanished Australia. Covering the years from the first gold rush to World War I. Blainey paints a fascinating picture of how our forebears lived – in the outback, in towns and cities, at sea and on land. He looks at all aspects of daily life, from billycans to brass bands, from ice-making to etiquette, from pipes to pubs. The engaging text is further brought alive by an evocative selection of contemporary illustrations by artists such as Julian Ashton.This is Geoffrey Blainey doing what he does best bringing to life for the modern reader the sighs and sounds and smells of another time.

  • Pub date: 1 September 2004
  • ISBN: 9780143002666
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $33.00
Categories:

About the Author

Geoffrey Blainey

Professor Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia’s most prolific and popular historians. He has written more than forty books, including The Tyranny of Distance, Triumph of the Nomads, A Shorter History of Australia, The Rush That Never Ended, and the international bestseller A Short History of the World, which was published in a score of lands as far apart as Brazil, India, Spain and China. He has served the federal government as chairman of the Commonwealth Literary Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the National Council for the Centenary of Federation, and the Australia–China Council.

At the United Nations in New York, in 1988, Professor Blainey received the celebrated Britannica Prize ‘for excellence in the dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of mankind’. A recipient of Australia’s highest honour, Companion in the Order of Australia (AC), he has been officially listed for two decades by the National Trust as a ‘National Living Treasure’. He is married to the well-known biographer Ann Blainey.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Westfield Waverley Library Award

    Winner • 2004 • Non-Fiction

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2004 • Douglas Stewart Prize


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