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The beach : an Australian passion / Robert Drewe.

The beach : an Australian passion / Robert Drewe.
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ISBN 9780642278807 (hardback)
0642278806 (hardback)
Author Drewe, Robert, 1943- author.
Title The beach : an Australian passion / Robert Drewe.
Publisher/Date Canberra, ACT : National Library of Australia, [2015]
Pagination etc. iii, 236 pages : illustraions (some colour) ; 29 cm.
Bibliography, etc. note Includes bibliographical references.
Summary Note From an Indigenous food source to a hedonistic playground, the beach has long been a national obsession. Robert Drewe's lyrical examination of Australian beach culture combines imagery from some of Australia's most celebrated photographers with his personal anecdotes of a favourite boat, a capsicum-strewn beach, a summer holiday with teenagers and an unwelcome great white. Drewe looks at the sunny, salty sexiness of the beach that first enticed the crusading Mr William Gocher into the ocean at Manley in 1903, defying authorities in his neck-to-knee bathing costume. We've come a long way from sunbathing in stockings and pantaloons to the unabashed display of sun-kissed bodies of all shapes and sizes at any beach in the country today. But the beach also has a dark side as a place of tragedy, violence and danger, a place where sharks attack prone surfers and prime ministers disappear. This is a book for the weary wage-slave who has felt the revitalising power of plunging into the water on a summer evening or the seachanger dodging Dobermans and stingers on a morning beach walk. And it's a book for Australians dreaming of the beach-that is, those of us not there right now.
Subject Beaches -- Australia
Australia -- Social life and customs
Shelf Location 551.457 DREW
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