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Much ado about Melbourne

Author: Jenny Sinclair
Price: $35
Publisher: Affirm Press in association with State Library Victoria
Available to read in the Library

What shapes the character of Melbourne, and where does it get its X factor? Jenny Sinclair goes in search of the answers and discovers that it’s all in our heads – or at least in our collective imagination.

Much ado about Melbourne is a whimsical and absorbing survey of the city’s creativity, from Hoddle’s Grid to the cultural achievements that help put Melbourne on the world map.

Celebrating the stories, spirit and sensibilities that make this metropolis, the book charts the evolution of Melbourne through its music, art, literature, film, stories, transport, maps and people. Illustrations include works from the State Library’s collection.

About the author

Melbourne writer Jenny Sinclair was a staff reporter for The Age from 1996 to 2004. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in various newspapers, magazines and literary journals.