A Life by Design: The Art and Lives of Florence Broadhurst

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Allen & Unwin, 2004 - Artists - 246 pages
Florence Broadhurst, the one-time chanteuse of Shanghai, Bond Street salon owner, world-renowned wallpaper designer and Sydney socialite, lived a life steeped in subterfuge and deception. Here, for the first time, we get a glimpse at the fascinating woman behind the hand- printed brocades.

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Growing up 18991922
The Orient 19221927
Return home 1927
Sydney 19491958
Wallpaper and trucking 19591969
The final years 19701977

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Formerly the editor-in-chief of Indesign magazine and website, Siobhan O'Brien regularly contributes to a number of publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, POL Oxygen, Vogue Living, Marie Claire and Australian Style...Siobhan is a full time writer and lives on the South Coast with her husband Greg Duncan Powell (co-author of Drink Drank Drunk) and their baby daughter Evelyn May. This is her second book.

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