The extraordinary story of the 20th century's most recognisable building, with new insights into the people involved and the controversy that surrounded its construction.
Shortlisted for the 2019 Walkley Book Award.
The best-loved building in Australia nearly didn't get off the drawing board. When it did, the lives of everyone involved in its construction were utterly changed: some for the better, many for the worse.
Helen Pitt tells the stories of the people behind the magnificent white sails of the Sydney Opera House. From the famous conductor and state premier who conceived the project; to the two architects whose lives were so tragically intertwined; to the workers and engineers; to the people of Sydney, who were alternately beguiled and horrified as the drama unfolded over two decades.
With access to diaries, letters, and classified records, as well as her own interviews with people involved in the project, Helen Pitt reveals the intimate back story of the building that turned Sydney into an international city. It is a tale worthy of Shakespeare himself.
'A drama-filled page turner' - Ita Buttrose AO OBE
'Helen Pitt tells us so much about the building of the Sydney Opera House we've never heard before' - Bob Carr, former Premier of NSW
'Australia in the seventies: mullets, platform shoes and, miraculously, the Opera House. At least we got one of them right. A great read.' - Amanda Keller, WSFM breakfast presenter
Helen Pitt is a Sydney Morning Herald journalist who has worked as the opinion and letters editor at Australia's oldest daily metropolitan newspaper where she began her career in 1986. She has worked as a writer for The Bulletin magazine, in California for New York Times Digital, and as a television reporter at Euronews in France. Her feature writing has won the Austcare Media award and been highly commended in the UN Media Peace prize.
Shortlisted Walkley Book Award 2018 AU
Table Of Contents:
1. A phone call from half a world away
2. The young Jorn
4. The mastermind
5. The ordinary Joe, who gave Sydney its Opera House
6. The magnificent lonely idea
7. Sex magic and the maestro
8. Gentlemen, here is your Opera House
9. And the winner is ...
10. Poetry or pastry?
11. Bennelong pointers
12. Kiss and sell
13. With a little bit of bloomin' luck
14. A mini Greek tragedy
15. Rising up like Aztec gods
16. The spherical solution
17. End of the bromance
18. The arch that changed the world
19. Plain sailing
20. Millions and mullions
21. High noon at the chief secretary's office
22. I am still available
23. This chapter is over
24. Malice in Blunderland
25. SOS to London
26. New man at the Opera House
27. Autopsy on a dream
28. Hall's balls
29. Not a job for boys
30. Opening daze
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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