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Arcadian Adelaide

Thistle Anderson, Derek Whitelock, Katie Spain

Arcadian Adelaide
Scottish actress Thistle Anderson's firecracker of a polemic against her adopted hometown of Adelaide, published to roars of outrage and laughter in 1905, proves beyond doubt that people of the past were - just like us - fond of a good piss-take.

This barbed satirical spray reveals the City of Churches as 'less holy than might be supposed', with more opium dens and prostitutes per capita than Melbourne, wines that are 'the worst ever made' (!), the local men 'caricatures' with inferior facial hair, the local women 'cats'. Thistle’s fondness is reserved for the fruit, the flour, the cabmen ... and the return ticket to Melbourne.

This hilarious little volume, intended by its author as 'a playful skit', is to be taken with a pinch of salt ... or perhaps savoured, stubbornly, with a glass of excellent Adelaide wine.

Praise for Arcadian Adelaide

'Thistle was the whistle blower of the early 1900s. The Shit Adelaide of the olden days. In her heyday, the pen (and a sense of humour) were mightier than the sword and the keyboard. These days, the closest we get to her delightfully deprecating drivel is ABC Radio's Peter Goers during one of his anti-Burnside rants or Barry Humphries in full Dame Edna Everage flight.' - Katie Spain, 2020

'Arcadian Adelaide is forty pages of stabs with forty poisoned hat pins.' - Bulletin, 1905

'A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, more especially in a woman.' - Quiz, 1905
Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743056189
Extent 120 pages
Price: AU$19.95 including GST
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