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The life and loves of Dame Nellie Melba

Robert Wainwright



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Allen & Unwin
28 September 2021
AUSTRALIA'S FIRST INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR When most Australians think of Nellie Melba they picture a squarish middle-aged woman dressed in furs and large hats, an imperious Dame whose voice ruled the world for three decades. But there was much more to her life than adulation and riches.

To succeed she had to overcome social expectations, misogyny and tall-poppy syndrome. She endured the violence of a bad marriage, was denied by scandal a true love with the would-be King of France, and suffered the loss of her only child for more than a decade, stolen by his angry and vengeful father.

Against all odds, Nellie Melba became the greatest opera singer of her time on stages across Australia, America and Europe.
 nellie the life and loves of Dame Nellie Melba by Robert Wainwright

By:   Robert Wainwright
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   475g
ISBN:   9781760878252
ISBN 10:   1760878251
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   28 September 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert Wainwright has been a journalist for 25 years, rising from the grassroots of country journalism in Western Australia to a senior writer with The Sydney Morning Herald. His career has ranged from politics to crime, always focussing on the people behind the major news of the day. He is the author of Rose: The unauthorised biography of Rose Hancock Porteous, The Lost Boy, The Killing of Caroline Byrne, Sheila, Rocky Road and Enid.

Reviews for Nellie: The life and loves of Dame Nellie Melba

'Superbly researched, written and produced. I am an addict for Robert's marvellous stories of great Aussie girls firing up Britain and Europe during the suffragette era.' Dr Davina Jackson, author of Australian Architecture: A history

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