The House

The House

The dramatic story of the Sydney Opera House and the people who made it

by Helen Pitt

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 17/08/2018

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**Winner of the 2018 Walkley Book Award**

The extraordinary story of the 20th century's most recognisable building, with new insights into the people involved and the controversy that surrounded its construction.

The best-loved building in Australia nearly didn't get off the drawing board. When it did, the lives of everyone involved in its construction were utterly changed: some for the better, many for the worse.

Helen Pitt tells the stories of the people behind the magnificent white sails of the Sydney Opera House. From the famous conductor and state premier who conceived the project; to the two architects whose lives were so tragically intertwined; to the workers and engineers; to the people of Sydney, who were alternately beguiled and horrified as the drama unfolded over two decades.

With access to diaries, letters, and classified records, as well as her own interviews with people involved in the project, Helen Pitt reveals the intimate back story of the building that turned Sydney into an international city. It is a tale worthy of Shakespeare himself.

'A drama-filled page turner' - Ita Buttrose AO OBE

'Helen Pitt tells us so much about the building of the Sydney Opera House we've never heard before' - Bob Carr, former Premier of NSW

'Australia in the seventies-mullets, platform shoes and, miraculously, the Opera House. At least we got one of them right. A great read.' - Amanda Keller, WSFm breakfast presenter

ISBN:
9781760295462
9781760295462
Category:
Concert halls
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
17-08-2018
Publisher:
ALLEN & UNWIN
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
432
Dimensions (mm):
233x153x32mm
Weight:
0.58kg
Helen Pitt

Helen Pitt is a Sydney Morning Herald journalist who has worked as the opinion and letters editor at Australia's oldest daily metropolitan newspaper where she began her career in 1986.

She has worked as a writer for The Bulletin magazine, in California for New York Times Digital, and as a television reporter at Euronews in France. Her feature writing has won the Austcare Media award and been highly commended in the UN Media Peace prize.

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