To mark Australia Day 2016, Charlotte, Sales & Marketing Manager for our University Presses, talks about a new book from NewSouth Publishing - a biography of Australian artist Sidney Nolan.

Crashing through the myths around Australia’s most famous artist, including's Nolan's own masterful self-promotion and stories, this book, Sidney Nolan: A Life, gives us, finally, the biography that Nolan deserves.

Sidney Nolan

In an authoritative account that fully charts Nolan’s life and work, Nancy Underhill peels back the layers from a complicated, expedient and manipulative artistic genius. She carries the story from Nolan’s birth in 1917 to his death in 1992, tracing his early life, his experience as a commercial artist, his involvement in the Angry Penguins magazine, his painting and set design, his difficult marriages and his even more difficult friendships with some of the twentieth century’s most famous figures: Patrick White, Albert Tucker, Benjamin Britten, Robert Lowell, Stephen Spender and Kenneth Clark.

Complex and intriguing, Sidney Nolan: A Life is recommended reading for anyone interested in twentieth-century art, Australia, or simply the story of an elusive and controversial man.