CLOSED – Melbourne
THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED
Courtesy of the random number generator at Random.org, the winner is Daniel (Malcom and Rush).
What could be more up the
alley laneway of the Melbourne Urbanist than a book about Melbourne?!
This is one of a series of books on Australian capital cities UNSW Press is publishing, as I’ve mentioned before.
I haven’t seen a critical review yet (it’s a new book) but here’s some of what Jo Case has to say about Melbourne in her write-up for Readings:
What makes Melbourne different – and completely engrossing – is the patchwork of public and private. It’s the difference between riding an official tour bus around a city and having a resident take you on a personal journey, stopping by their favourite haunts while telling you stories that reflect the broader history of a city. The former is about getting an overview of agreed-upon significant icons and events; the latter is a deeper, if necessarily narrower, experience. It’s about sampling the soul of a city, which is what Cunningham does brilliantly.
And here’s the publisher’s blurb:
Sophie Cunningham writes a year in the city’s life, a year that takes us from the heatwave that culminated on Black Saturday when temperatures soared to 47 degrees to the destructive deluge of a hailstorm. She walks through Melbourne’s oldest suburb to its largest market, she goes to the footy and to the comedy festival, she talks publishing and learns how to use a letterpress. Along the way she journeys deep into her own recollections of the city she grew up in, and tells stories from its history: the theft of Picasso’s Weeping Woman, the Hoddle Street massacre, William Barak’s trek from Healesville, the Westgate Bridge Disaster, the high drama of the 1970 and 2009 AFL grand finals and the Market Murders of the sixties. She strolls by Melbourne’s rivers and creeks while considering the history of the wetlands and river that sit at Melbourne’s heart. She clambers through the drains that lie beneath. For it is water – the corralling of it, the excess of it, the squandering of it, the lack of it – that defines Melbourne’s history, its present and its future.
As with previous giveaways, you don’t have to do any serious work. I’ll determine who gets the book entirely randomly, using the trusty random number generator at Random.org. So everyone will have exactly the same chance. All I ask is that you nominate your favourite book, film or television portrayal of Melbourne (or all three!). It’ll make no difference to your chances of winning but it would be nice if you could offer a little explanation. But if you just want to say Homicide, My Brother Jack or On The Beach, so be it (no paintings though, I’ll keep that for another comp). You don’t have to be original either, you can nominate the same work someone else has already nominated.
To enter, just respond by commenting below, nominating your favourite Melbourne-related literary work i.e. book, film or television program. Entries close Saturday August 13, at midday. One entry only per person, please. I’ll announce the winner here and e-mail him or her direct. The winner will have to give me an address to post the book to (usually the winner would deal direct with the publisher but I cocked up this one). Apologies to international readers but due to Australia’s ridiculously high postage costs, they can enter but they can’t win (unless they’ve got access to an Australian address).