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Tess Lea


New South Books

Travel writing


288 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- The last of the NewSouth series on Australian capital cities, this maintains the consistent excellent quality of the other books. A blend of history, memoir, explanation and exploration, Darwin the city is a place that shouldn’t exist. Sheer tenacity has seen it survive natural catastrophes, wartime bombing, inhospitable geography and the indifference of Commonwealth governments. Tess Lea reveals a city that has always struggled against its physical position (and the section on how mosquitoes have influenced settlement is both fascinating and slightly scary!) but holds pride in being so isolated, tough and defiant. Even if contemporary Darwin is losing much of what set it apart, and even if it is truly a militarised town where no-one mentions the impact of American Marines stationed there, or the fact Darwin is home to the biggest military aerial defence training zone in the world. A paradoxical place, captured in cleanly descriptive style; a book that presents it in all its compromised glories! Lindy


Darwin is a survivor, you have to give it that. Razed to the ground four times in its short history, it has picked itself up out of the debris to not only rebuild but grow. Darwin has known catastrophes and resurrections; it has endured misconceived projects and birthed visionaries. To know Darwin, to know its soul, you have to listen to it, soak in it, taste it. To write about her home town, Tess Lea waded knee-deep in memories of the city, including those of her family and her own. The story begins in 1974, when Cyclone Tracy shattered Darwin, and Lea was a little girl. Then it takes us back to the wild times of early settlement, explores the backstory of the White Australia policy, paints a vivid picture of the bombing of Darwin during World War II - the first Australian city to experience direct attack from a foreign power - and guides us to Australia's militarised future, led by Darwin, sitting as it does under the largest aerial defence training space in the world. Lyrical and visceral, Tess Lea's ode to her hometown is suffused with the textures, colours, scents and the many gritty realities that beset this tough, fragile, magical, foolhardy and unique place.

By:   Tess Lea
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 110mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9781742233864
ISBN 10:   1742233864
Series:   Cities Series
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   May 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

<strong>Tess Lea</strong> was a Darwin schoolgirl, swimmer, artist, public servant, ministerial advisor, academic and inaugural director of the School for Social and Policy Research at Charles Darwin University. She remains a dog lover, anthropologist, mother and member of an extended Darwin family. Though she now works at the University of Sydney, as a born-and-bred Darwinite, she stills calls Darwin home.

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