Revived, restored and revamped is this beautiful deluxe edition of Helen O’Neill’s award-winning book Florence Broadhurst Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives. Originally published in 2006 as the true story – told in full for the very first time – of the legendary Australian designer, comes a brand new edition with never seen before interiors and prints.
Florence Broadhurst led an extraordinary and eccentric life. She was born in 1899 to a farming family in rural Queensland and by 25 she had toured across Asia with a part in a saucy vaudeville troop. After decades abroad, she returned to Australia at age 50, claiming to be an aristocratic English woman. At 63 she declared Australia was afraid of colour and announced a new venture – a wallpaper business. Broadhurst created over 530 hugely popular designs that defined the swinging sixties. Her designs were extremely sought after throughout the world, with long waiting lists for her work. Her extraordinary life led to a tragic end. On 16 October, 1977, at the age of 78, Broadhurst was found murdered in her Paddington wallpaper showroom. Her murder remains unsolved.
This beautifully compiled coffee table book is a must for lovers of design. With stunning full-page prints of Broadhurst’s fabric and wallpaper designs, together with gorgeous photographs of exclusive interiors from around the world using her amazing patterns, this is a book you will want to treasure.
Helen O’Neill is an award-winning print and TV journalist whose works regularly appear in Australia, the US and the UK. Her first book, Life Without Limits, was published in 2003. Helen divides her time between the UK and Australia.
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