Ros Pesman

Ros Pesman
Ros Pesman is professor emeritus in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Duty Free: Australian Women Abroad (1996) and co-editor of Australians in Italy: Lives and Impressions (2008).

Ros Pesman reviews 'A Castle in Tuscany: The remarkable life of Janet Ross' by Sarah Benjamin

February 2007, no. 288 01 March 2007
Ros Pesman reviews 'A Castle in Tuscany: The remarkable life of Janet Ross' by Sarah Benjamin
From the mid-nineteenth century, the city of Florence and its surrounding hills were home to a large expatriate community in which the British were both prominent and visible – in the English tearooms and English pharmacy, in the waiting rooms of the English doctors and bankers, in the pews of the English Church. The foreigners came to live in a better climate and at less expense, to discover th ... (read more)

Ros Pesman reviews 'My Other World' by Margaret Whitlam

May 2001, no. 230 01 May 2001
Ros Pesman reviews 'My Other World' by Margaret Whitlam
This book, My Other World, is in Margaret Whitlam’s words, ‘the story of my travels as the leader of group study tours around the world’ in the 1990s. It is also another episode in the life journey of a remarkable woman who has the capacity and the vitality to go on inventing new lives. Previously a swimming champion, social worker, suburban mother, prime minister’s and ambassador’s cons ... (read more)

Ros Pesman reviews 'Je Suis Australienne: Remarkable women in France, 1880–1945' by Rosemary Lancaster

February 2009, no. 308 01 February 2009
At the time that I was asked to review Rosemary Lancaster’s Je Suis Australienne: Remarkable Women in France, 1880–1945, I was reading American writer Helen Barolini’s Their Other Side: Six American Women and the Lure of Italy (2006). The books are similar: five of Lancaster’s six chapters are devoted to individual women whose lives and experience, like those in Barolini, cover the period ... (read more)

New understandings of expatriate writers

June 2013, no. 352 27 May 2013
New understandings of expatriate writers
From the earliest days of white settlement, Australians have made the voyage to Britain. Many stayed for long periods and some forever. Prominent among the more permanent residents were writers, prominent not only in terms of numbers but also because it was they who in large part created the stories and legends of Australians abroad. Some left without regret, lambasting their local world as ‘sub ... (read more)