One of Australia's foremost biographers, Brenda Niall is the author of "Martin Boyd: A Life"; "Georgiana"; "The Boyds: A Family Biography" and "Judy Cassab: A Portrait". In "Life Class: A Biographer's Education", she retraces her own footsteps to discuss the pleasures of biographical discovery and the pitfalls-technical, personal and moral-of entering other peoples' lives. Her journey takes her back to childhood in the prosperous Melbourne suburb of Kew, her convent education, her chequered university studies and her late-blossoming career at the newly founded Monash University in the exuberant 1960s. Her biographical adventures include travels in England, Scotland, Italy, Austria and Hungary as well as scenes closer to home, in Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula, Sydney and the Shoalhaven region of NSW. Profound and intriguing questions are explored in this unusual and deeply personal account of a biographer's life.
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(207mm x 137mm x 22mm)
Melbourne University Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
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Author Biography - Brenda Niall
Brenda Niall grew up in the Melbourne suburb of Kew, and was educated at Genazzano Convent, the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University. After a distinguished academic career in the English Department of Monash University, she became a full time writer in 1995. Author of four award-winning biographies, she has an AO (Order of Australia) for services to Australian literature, and an honorary D.Litt. from Monash.