The Birth of Sydney
Text Publishing, $24.95 pb, 349 pp
Buried Alive, Sydney 1788-92: Eyewitness accounts of the making of a nation
Allen & Unwin, $24.95 pb, 351 pp
List of essentials for a trip to Sydney in 2000: airline ticket, style-repellent, a buddy at SOCOG, rather a lot of money, and, uh-oh, excess baggage alert. I’m afraid these two big paperbacks are a must. With the Olympics looming, an outbreak of books about Sydney was inevitable. But fear not, discerning readers. Jack Egan and Tim Flannery’s tributes to Australia’s first city are not the quick-and-slick kind. Opportunistic they may be, but you can tell they’re done with love.