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41 Brett Whiteley Art, Life and the Other Thing by Ashleigh Wilson A biography of the " Enfant Terrible" of Australian contemporary art. Interesting thought provoking but ultimately tragic. Was good seeing the Surry Hills studio museum recently which has a number of works mentioned in the book. Getting up close and personal in particular to Alchemy after reading of the story of its genesis. One of his best works IMHO. The story is littered with an assorted cast of movers and shakers, cultural icons and a of SOB's one in particular who I happen (past tense) to know. Great entertaining read, both in terms of the commentary on the art and the life of Brett Whitley who is still a highly contentious figure in the Australian cultural landscape.
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41 Brett Whiteley Art, Life and the Other Thing by Ashleigh Wilson

I heard an interview with Wilson on ABC a while ago, which included some audio of Whiteley talking about his heroin addiction. I added the book tom y wish list then; need to get around to it soon.
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66. I, Ripper- Stephen Hunter

Fictional fabrication of the famous 19th century London serial killer. The book moved along rather slowly until the last 50 pages.

Nowhere near as good as the Swagger novels. I wouldn't recommend it.
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