Sydney Noir: The Golden Years | Author: Michael Duffy
The first ever book devoted entirely to the golden years of the Sydney underworld.
In the late 1960s Sydney was one of the most prosperous places on earth and one of the most corrupt. A large proportion of the population was engaged in illegal gambling and other activities that made colourful characters such as Lennie McPherson, Abe Saffron and George Freeman wealthy and, to many, folk heroes. Thousands of American soldiers on their seven-day leave from Vietnam turned Kings Cross, with its strip shows and night clubs, into one big party.
The whole corrupt carnival was run by the police in an arrangement known as 'the joke'. They could just about get away with that term because heroin had not yet turned the underworld into the killing machine it would soon become. Two of the main jokers were also lovers: vice queen Shirley Brifman and violent detective Fred Krahe.
In Sydney Noir Michael Duffy and Nick Hordern revisit this dark yet fascinating chapter of Sydney's history, telling stories that would be unbelievable were they not true. Finally, they make the bold argument that premier of the time, Sir Robert Askin, may not have been as guilty of corruption as many have claimed.
3.4 x 15.3 x 2.54 cm
Modern Australian Women Artists | Author: Andrée Harkness, Anne Gray, Caroline Jordan and Juliana Hooper
The most comprehensive book on modern Australian women artists published, this book represents some of Australia's most important women artists between 1870s-1960s, a dynamic period in Australian art. Artists include...
Tarot Colouring Book: A Personal Growth Colouring Journey | Author: Diana McMahon Collis
From the creator of the best-selling Tattoo Colouring Book, The Tarot Colouring Book features images from Oliver Munden’s equally successful Tattoo Tarot specially re-designed for colouring.From the golden lion symbolising Strength to the fertile...
2020: The Year That Changed Us: The Conversation | Author: Molly Glassey
Expert information you can trust from the best writers for The Conversation on the lessons of a remarkable year.The year 2020 began with fire-fuelled orange skies over Australia and parts of New...