Black Kettle And Full Moon: Daily Life In A Vanished Australia

Black Kettle And Full Moon Daily Life In A Vanished Australia 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 ru

  • Title: Black Kettle And Full Moon: Daily Life In A Vanished Australia
  • Author: Geoffrey Blainey
  • ISBN: 9780143002666
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 daiIn 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.

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    1. A stunning book. Blainey's such an ENTERTAINING historian, but never so much so that you feel you're reading something glib or dumbed down. His wealth of detail is always extraordinary in all that he writes and never more so than here. The big surprise is how moving this book is in places. To read about ordinary 19th Century Australians, as Blainey describes them, is not to feel as if they're lost in the mists of time. Rather, the experience is exactly like peering down a telescope only to encou [...]

    2. Very good read about Australian daily life prior to the First World War. How people actually live, eat, work etc. is always interesting and the Author is an excellent storyteller. I have great respect for the pioneers who settled Canada and Australia and really made them the Countries they are today. The Australians had to deal with heat which in light of one of the longest coldest winters here in Canada, sure looks good. We call Billycans here Billypots and i like to think they were invented in [...]

    3. This book did for Australia what Bill Bryson's 'At Home' set out to do for England - provide a history of daily life for ordinary people in the nineteenth century.However, unlike Bryson's book (which seemed to be one big detour across a thousand tenuously related topics) this one actually stuck to that aim and set out in simple chapters exactly how people lived. They ate this, they cooked in this way, they communicated in these ways, they used these types of measures, etc.It may not be everyone' [...]

    4. Less a history and more a compendium of trivia. The illustrations are phenomenal and there are more details of daily life than you can shake a billy at, but it's a bizarrely dry and impersonal tract. The few times Blainey tries to present a mini narrative fall flat. Recommended only if you want to know the little details. 2/5

    5. A fascinating look at daily life in Australia in the 19th Century, right up until the Great War. From steak for breakfast, to imported Boston Ice and to the synchronisation of time during Federation, this work offers a window to the past of the ordinary "Australian".

    6. A readable and real history of domestic Australian life. As the title says- a vanished Australia. It's an interesting and thought-provoking book. If you are interested in how everyday people used to live, this is a great read.

    7. This is a fantastic little book that looks at the everyday life of Australian colonists and settlers. Very absorbing, Blainey does a really good job of bringing 'daily life in a vanished Australia' to life.

    8. Highly Brysonesque in detail, sadly not in narrative quality. Fascinating but dreadfully lacking in humanity.

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