Claire Roberts is an associate professor in art history and an ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and has published widely on Chinese art and visual culture, and curated numerous exhibitions. John Thompson is a historian who worked at the National Library of Australia for many years, and the author of The Patrician and the Bloke- Geoffrey Serle and the Making of Australian History.
'Fairweather's letters...capture the intense interior life of a man devoted to his art.' * Age * 'A gorgeous book with plenty of photos and reproductions of Fairweather's works...It helps paint a fuller picture of the man than we've ever had before.' * Courier Mail * 'Fairweather's heroic task as an artist, and lonely abnormal individual , was to keep the world-of place, weather, family, his dealers, and a few fellow artists who were friends-both within reach and at a manageable distance. Scrupulously edited, the letters in which he did this, with all their paranoid anxieties, and grumps and prejudices, are both comic and engagingly human. Meanwhile the works are always quietly behind him in the dark.' * David Malouf *