Lusting for London: Australian Expatriate Writers at the Hub of Empire, 1870–1950
Palgrave Macmillan, $145 hb, 294 pp
Until recently, there was a prevailing attitude that to succeed as a professional author one had to go into exile. The small Australian market could not support a writing career; it was necessary to travel abroad and court a larger readership. Because Australia was a British colony, the obvious destination was London, heart of empire.