Half the Perfect World - Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964

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Half the Perfect World - Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964

Postby jarkko » Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:55 am

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Half the Perfect World
Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964

By Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell
‘Their years in the Aegean may have been half perfect at best, but it was on Hydra that they connected to a place, a lifestyle and a community that allowed them to live and express themselves intensely, and as they wished. They refused to believe their dreams were an illusion, or that boldness, ambition and a leap-of-faith might not allow them to reach beyond the constraints of their birthright’.

Half the Perfect World tells the story of the post-war international artist community that formed on the Greek island of Hydra. Most famously, it included renowned singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen and his partner Marianne Ihlen, as well as many other artists and writers including the Australian literary couple, Charmian Clift and George Johnston, who fostered this fabled colony.

Drawing on many previously unseen letters, manuscripts and diaries, and richly illustrated by the eyewitness photographs of LIFE magazine photo-journalist James Burke, Half the Perfect World reveals the private lives and relationships of the Hydra expatriates. It charts the promise of a creative life that drew many of them to the island, and documents the fracturing of the community as it came under pressure from personal ambitions and wider social changes. For all the unrealised youthful ambitions, internal strife and personal tragedy that attends this story, the authors nonetheless find that the example of these writers, dreamers and drifters continues to resonate and inspire.

About the Authors

Paul Genoni
works with the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin University. He is a former president of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, and co-editor (with Tanya Dalziell) of Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature, 1935–2012 (2013).

Tanya Dalziell
works in English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. She is the author of Settler Romances and the Australian Girl (2004), and co-editor (with Karen Welberry) of Cultural Seeds: Essays on the Work of Nick Cave (2009).
Publication: October 2018
Publisher: Monash University Publishing, Australia
Series: Biography
ISBN (pb): 978-1-925523-09-6
ISBN (e-book): 978-1-925523-11-9

More at http://publishing.monash.edu/books/hpw- ... 23096.html

Thanks to Sarah Cannon for the information
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Re: Half the Perfect World - Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964

Postby oldfriend28 » Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:18 am

Thank you for this, Jarkko.
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Re: Half the Perfect World - Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964

Postby jarkko » Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:53 am

The publishers are running a twitter competition for the book - people who retweet their link for the 'Image a Day' competition (all pics from the book) can win a copy of the book…

The link is here:

https://twitter.com/MonashPub
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Half the Perfect World - a Perfect Offering

Postby Greg Ross » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:33 pm

Salutations people,

Most members are very well aware of Leonard's early history on Hydra and how the Australian literary couple, George Johnston and Charmian Clift took him under the wing when he arrived on the island. The Melbourne based Monash University Publishing has published what at first glance appears to be a fascinating picture of those times and Leonard features often throughout the book, with a number of photos I have not seen before.

The book is titled Half The Perfect World, my copy just arrived today, so I have not had any time to commence reading it, however having skipped through it this afternoon, I think everyone will want this book.

I bought my copy online from a Sydney (NSW) based company called BOOKTOPIA and the service has been terrific, with tracking etc. The cost was AUS$29.95, plus AUS$6.95 shipping (within Australia) - my book arrived within four days.

Their web contact address is: wwwbooktopia.com.au

I've scanned in a pic of the front and rear covers and one of the photos of Leonard that were new to me, there appear to be plenty more.
Happy reading!
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Re: Half the Perfect World - a couple more pics of Leonard.

Postby Greg Ross » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:35 pm

As we can only add three pics to each post, I thought I'd cheat and treat everyone to a couple more.
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Re: Half the Perfect World - a Perfect Offering

Postby Mabeanie1 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:57 pm

I have had this book on order with Amazon UK since early May. Amazon are now saying early December for delivery but they have not proved very reliable with books published overseas in recent times and they want almost £30 for it so I thought I’d try Booktopia on your recommendation Greg. Sadly they only ship to Australia and New Zealand so if anyone comes across any other reliable source with reasonable shipping rates to the UK please let me know!

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Re: Half the Perfect World - Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964

Postby jarkko » Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:56 pm

Gazelle Book Services in Lancaster will be the UK distributor of this book, and they promised to give discount to our members. They will get copies of the books within the next few weeks. More info to follow.

I merged Greg’s new thread to my original thread about the book.
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Re: Half the Perfect World - Writers, Dreamers and Drifters on Hydra, 1955–1964

Postby Mabeanie1 » Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:53 am

Thanks Jarkko. I will await further news from Gazelle. I have plenty of time to cancel my Amazon order!

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