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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
34 35 Described in The Australian as ‘a love letter to Brisbane’, Brisbane is an intimate interweaving of a personal memoir and a historical detective story. Matthew Condon, novelist and journalist for the Courier Mail, begins by examining highlights in the foundation and development of Brisbane (where did John Oxley really land?) and interweaves these explorations with memories from his Brisbane childhood and his family history. The colourful and historical narrative is meticulously researched effectively depicting major characters in the development of Brisbane, for example, John Oxley, Clem Jones, and Joh Bjelke-Petersen. An engaging and beautifully written book. ‘ .. .the colourful and historical narrative is meticulously researched effectively depicting major characters ... BrisBanE // Matthew condon // Book cluB reads Top