The Australian Ugliness – 5oth Anniversary

The Australian Ugliness - front cover

Front cover to the anniversary edition [Source: Penguin Books Australia]

Penguin Books have released a 50th anniversary edition of The Australian Ugliness by Robin Boyd. Author Christos Tsiolkas provides a forward to the new edition which also appeared in The Age. Commenting on the work Tsiolkas writes “He got us. He still gets us. Boyd understands that, like all peoples, we are contradictory; he also understands what many subsequent social commentators and historians have forgotten, that we are responsible for ourselves”. While aspects of the book may not have the same resonance in contemporary society, Boyd’s concerns remain relevant for the future of Australia’s built environment.

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