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

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 11, 1999 - History - 320 pages
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.
 

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Contents

Introduction Going Away
1
An Australian Theatre or A Career on the Stage?
18
Sydney or Fleet Street
39
Musical Directions
58
Patterns of Discovery Artists
75
Patterns of Exploration Writers
91
Grander Stages New Seasons for Australian Playwrights and Actors
119
Long and Winding Musical Roads The Careers of Australian Expatriates and Australian Music
141
The Yellow Brick Road to the Land of OZ and beyond
166
Journalists9 Journeys
185
Crucible to Firmament Barry Humphries Germaine Greer and Clive James and the Expatriate Search for Fame
216
Home and Identity
253
Notes
274
Select Bibliography
303
Index
306
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