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Autobiography of My Mother

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Autobiography of My Mother by Meg Stewart

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An intimate portrait of an artist by the author of the bestselling Far From a Still Life, Meg Stewart. This delightful biography of Australian painter Margaret Coen is written by her daughter, Meg Stewart, the highly acclaimed biographer of Margaret Olley. Margaret Coen was born into an era when it wasn't easy for a woman to forge an artistic career. Yet she survived as a commercial artist during the Depression, joining Sydney's bohemian set in their sketch clubs and raucous studio parties. She became close friends with Norman Lindsay and married poet Douglas Stewart, which immediately gave her entree into Sydney's literary circles of the time. Meg tells her mother's story, first published twenty years ago, in Margaret's voice, with a stream of anecdotes and personal details that build a captivating picture of her life, and of Australian social and artistic history in this era. Meg has also written a fascinating new chapter on her mother's relationship with Norman Lindsay.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781741668230
ISBN-10: 1741668239
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 137mm x 26mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Vintage (Australia)
Publisher: Random House Australia
Publish Date: 1-May-2007
Country of Publication: Australia

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Book Review: Autobiography of My Mother by Meg Stewart - Reviewed by (13 Jan 2010)

TITLE: Autobiography of My Mother

AUTHOR: Meg Stewart

PUBLISHER: Random House (May. 2007)

ISBN: 947 1 74166 823 0 PRICE: 27.95 (paperback) 356 pages

Reviewed by Ann Skea (


What do you do if you have spent hours talking to your mother and recording her memories, researched some of the family history, and published it all as a ghost-written autobiography, and then you read a chapter headed 'Mistress and Wife' in someone else's book and realize that there was something your mother omitted to tell you?

This is what happened to Meg Stewart, whose mother, Margaret Coen, was a well-known Australian artist and whose father, Douglas Stewart, was an equally well-known Australian poet.

Margaret Coen's 'autobiography' begins with the story of her grandmother, Margaret O'Connor, who arrived in Australia in 1844 as a sort of mail-order bride. Her husband, Patrick Moloney, was a prosperous 'New Chum' who...

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Author Biography - Meg Stewart

Meg Stewart, filmmaker, journalist, and author, is the daughter of artist Margaret Coen and poet Douglas Stewart. Her writing includes a biography of Margaret Coen, Autobiography of My Mother. Her first novel, Modern Men Don't Shift Fridges, was published in 1999 and her most recent, The Dream Life of Harry Moon, was published in 2001.Her biography of Margaret Olley, Far From a Still Life, was updated and re-released in 2012.

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