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When London Calls: The Expatriation of Australian Creative Artists to Britain

When London Calls: The Expatriation of Australian Creative Artists to Britain

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Stephen Alomes
Cambridge University Press
Edition: First Edition, 10/11/1999
EAN 9780521620314, ISBN10: 0521620317

Hardcover, 352 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
Language: English

For thousands of young Australians the tearful dockside farewell was a rite of passage as they boarded ships bound for London. For some the journey was an extended holiday, but for many actors, painters, musicians, writers and journalists, leaving Australia seemed to be the only path to personal and professional fulfilment. This book, first published in 2000, is a collective biography of those people who found themselves categorised as expatriates - people such as Leo McKern, Dame Joan Sutherland, Barry Tuckwell, Don Banks, Phillip Knightley, John Pilger, Peter Porter, Richard Neville, Jill Neville and 'megastars' Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James. The book tells of choices they made about career and country, yet it is also a cultural history that traces shifts in the complex relationship between Australia and Britain, as the supposed colonial backwater began to develop its own cultural identity.

1. Introduction
Part I. Leaving
2. An Australian theatre or a career on stage?
3. Sydney or Fleet Street?
4. Musical directions
5. Patterns of discovery
artists and writers
Part II. Climbing
6. Grander stages
7. Long and winding musical roads
8. The yellow brick road to the land of OZ and beyond
9. Journalists' journeys
10. Crucible to firmament
Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James and the expatriate search for fame
Part III. Complicating … Solving
11. Home and identity.