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Australian Gypsies: Their secret history
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Mandy Sayer
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Australian Gypsies: Their secret history

Mandy Sayer


New South Books



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ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— A chance meeting sparked Sayer’s interest in Gypsies, and she soon realised that Australia has a Gypsy history. This lively book traces it chronologically from the First Fleet (at least three Romani men were transported, including James Squire, the first colonial brewer). Traditions and customs are explained and there are profiles a number of contemporary Australian Gypsies, who share insights into their closed world. Persecution equals distrust of outsiders, but Sayer obviously had the ability to empathise with her subjects, and this makes for a fascinating read! Lindy Jones


Since the arrival of the First Fleet there have been Gypsies in Australia, yet their experiences have never been included in any official histories.

In Australian Gypsies, award-winning memoirist and novelist Mandy Sayer weaves together a vivid, wide-ranging history that begins with the roots of the Romani culture, tracing the first Gypsy people to arrive in Australia (including James Squire, the colony's first brewer) through to Gypsy families today, who share the stories of their ancestors and their lives.

With her unconventional, nomadic early life, Mandy Sayer has a unique insight into the lives of the people she meets, and a strong sense of the importance of their history. Given their blessing to tell their stories, Sayer also demolishes some longstanding but baseless myths along the way.

Australian Gypsies: Their secret history by Mandy Sayer at 131 York Street Sydney

By:   Mandy Sayer
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742234670
ISBN 10:   1742234674
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   October 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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