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The Melbourne Book - A History of Now


Now in its tenth year and fourth edition, THE MELBOURNE BOOK - A HISTORY OF NOW is a living, modern chronicle of a unique city. Now fully updated across all chapters for 2013 with new stories and images, it tells the story of a city and its style, its people and its vivid past. Visual, passionate and informative, crammed with anecdotes and over 700 photographs, THE MELBOURNE BOOK explores our city with an eye for the everyday and for the extraordinary.
Award-winning author MAREE COOTE adds new tales to this much-loved collection of stories from Melbourne's past and present. The essential Germaine Greer and the seminal Barry Humphries finally take pride of place. Dan Sultan joins Eddie Perfect, Molly Meldrum and Countdown. Curiosities Gog and Magog join flower painter Ellis Rowan, wild man William Buckley, TV 'King' Graham Kennedy and the inescapable Dame Edna Everage. Uncover the real story of Melbourne's politics and personality, the updated facts about footy and fashion, horse-racing and the weather. Step inside our grand landmarks and favourite places, from the Manchester Unity Building to the Parliamentary Library, and the Zoo. And lots more. It's still the world's most liveable book!


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"This marvellous book made me wish I'd never left Melbourne.
I must have been mad!
"

- PHILLIP ADAMS, AO - Broadcaster, fillum maker, philosopher and real good sort. www.rrr.org.au

"One of the best books on Melbourne."
-HILL OF CONTENT Bookshop

"A great big love letter to Melbourne!"
- 3RRR FM's Breakfasters www.rrr.org.au

Listen to the Breakfasters - 15 October 2010 interview with Maree Coote here


DECEMBER 11, 2013: The West Australian reviews The Melbourne Book HERE
REVIEW: "More in depth than a travel book and more fun than a history book. The Melbourne Book: A History of Now peels back the glossy tourist brochure facade of many such publications to uncover a city of substance. Artist, designer and author Maree Coote has taken the minutiae of the world's most liveable city, such as its weather and its invention of Vegemite, and turned them into a unique story of Melbourne and its people. Comprising a collection of interviews and more than 700 colour photogaphs, The Melbourne Book is perfect for not only fans of the city but also fans of Australian history and culture." - Heather Zubeck, 'Under Review', BOOKS, The West Australian

CLICK HERE to enjoy an excerpt read at the State Library of Victoria's 100 Readers



Okay. So you think you know your city? Right. Charles Swanston. Why the main street for this man? The Manchester Unity Building. Built for ...the Oddfellows? And they were 'odd' because....? Rock Goddess Julia Zemiro has adopted this city as her own. Why? Don't you think you should know? Here's your chance to reconnect with a sense of place, a sense of meaning, and learn a little more about this town we are so lucky to live in.


From Buckley, Batman, Kelly and Melba... to Kylie, Germaine, Dame Edna and Effie. THE MELBOURNE BOOK - A HISTORY OF NOW is a modern chronicle of a unique city. Visual, passionate and informative, it tells the story of a city and its style, its people and its vivid past. Crammed with anecdotes and detail and with over 700 stunning photographs, THE MELBOURNE BOOK explores our city with an eye for the ordinary and the extraordinary.
Over 700 photos, over 60 tales of the city. The must-have Melburnian's manual; it's the world's most liveable book. It's all home grown, homemade, indie publishing, and made with love. 376 pages, great value, STILL only $55.
All of Melbourne's stories are here, from William Buckley the wild man of Melbourne, to Dame Edna housewife/superstar; from philanthropist Sidney Myer to artist Mirka Mora, and our beloved TV King, Graham Kennedy. You'll also find our way of life: creativity and innovation, politics and dissent, footy and fashion, horse-racing and the weather. And our grand landmarks and favourite places: St Kilda, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Shrine of Remembrance and the Zoo.
THE MELBOURNE BOOK celebrates the very qualities that make Melbourne the world's most livable city: Opportunity, Sanctuary, Passion and Beauty. Follow Maree Coote around the city for a journey that will reveal new meaning to those who live here, and make those visiting wish they lived here too.
Lovingly kown as Melbourne's 'bible', THE MELBOURNE BOOK - A HISTORY OF NOW is a modern chronicle of a unique city.
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First edition 2003;
reprinted 2005
Second Edition May 2009
ISBN 0-9757047-4-5
Third Edition Aug 2010
ISBN 0-9757047-5-2
OUT NOW! Fourth Edition Sept 2013
ISBN 0-9757047-7-6
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