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Truth and a great story
May 7, 2007, 8:04 am
Filed under: Great Stuff


I do love having clever friends.

I was lucky enough to catch up with the lovely Helen after her book tour of the States. The subject of her latest book is one of my favourite designers Florence Broadhurst. This ‘Australian’ designer had an amazing capacity to reinvent herself and her biography encapsulates some of my favourite things about her- great design,  never letting the truth get in the way of a great story and a woman far ahead of her time.

Helen O’Neill describes her quest

“Researching Florence Broadhurst’s life was a roller coaster. She led a series of lives in different countries, musing different names and inventing different histories for each. Getting to the bottom of her life – and the genesis of her extraordinary designs – involved approaching everybody from the titled wives of former prime ministers to convicted criminals. The result is a story that has to be read to be believed.”

You can buy it here or here. If you’re in Australia you can buy it here or here.


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Update- Helen won the book of the year at the national book design awards earlier this week!


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