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A monthly literary discussion, run by Friends members.
29 January 2013
Good Living Street by Tim Bonyhady, discussion leader Lynne Booth
Tim Bonyhady’s memoir tells the story of his family’s fascinating involvement with the splendor of fin-de-siecle Viennese society. The acclaimed and much-loved artist Gustav Klimt painted Bonyhady’s great-grandmother, an anecdote that propels a narrative which will take the reader from the height of pre-war Viennese culture all the way to post-war Sydney.
Bonyhady is an art historian as well as a writer (and a lawyer) and his love of art is integral to the story of his family’s journey through the political and social tumult of the 20th Century. A wealthy Jewish family are forced to escape Vienna to elude the Nazis, and find their way to Australian shores. From Vienna to Sydney the author traces their involvement with the world of arts and culture, particularly visual arts, and the relationships between artists and patrons. What results is a fascinating narrative that explores the shifting fortunes of one remarkable family line
Good Living Street is a highly recommended read for anyone interested in 20th Century Jewish and European history, particularly for those with an interest in the visual arts. Bonyhady skilfully paints a vivid portrait of the larger-than-life personalities of three generations of his own family.
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Friends lounge, 7pm
Book online or 62621698

  • When: 11 Jan 2013
  • Time: 07:00PM – 08:00PM
  • Where: Friends Lounge (Fourth Floor (4))