Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - A Forger's Progress by Alasdair McGregor

Talented, well trained and confident in his own abilities and worth, Australia's first government architect was also hot-headed and tactless.

Sentenced to death for forgery, then granted a last-minute reprieve, Francis Greenway was transported to New South Wales in 1814. Within a single eventful decade, Greenway's and Governor Lachlan Macquarie's transformation of Sydney from a ramshackle convict garrison into an elegant city was well under way with buildings like the Hyde Park Barracks, St James' Church, Supreme Court and Windsor courthouse.

Award-winning author Alasdair McGregor - in the first biography of Greenway since 1953 - scrutinises the life and work of a man beset by contradictions and demons. He profiles Greenway's landmark buildings, his meteoric rise and his complex and fraught relationship with Governor Macquarie, along with his thwarted ambitions and self-destruction. All played out in a fledgling colony in the throes of change from far-flung gaol to a society of free settlers.

`Beautifully crafted, superbly evoked a great tale, told by a master.' -Peter FitzSimons

Buy A Forger's Progress by Alasdair McGregor from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781742233789
ISBN-10: 1742233783
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 153mm x mm)
Pages: 425
Imprint: NewSouth Publishing
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Nov-2014
Country of Publication: Australia

Book Reviews - A Forger's Progress by Alasdair McGregor

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Forger's Progress book by Alasdair McGregor and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Author Biography - Alasdair McGregor

Alasdair McGregor is a writer and painter based in Sydney. His book Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin won the National Biography Award in 2011.

Books By Alasdair McGregor

Art of Australian Geographic Illustration by Alasdair McGregor
Hardback, October 2013
$53.96 $59.95
Frank Hurley: A Photographer's Life by Alasdair McGregor
Paperback / softback, October 2009
Forgers Progress by Alasdair McGregor
Paperback, November 2014
$49.49 $54.99