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Issue Details: First known date: 1997... 1997 Mary Martin, A Double Life : Australia-India, 1915-1973
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Mary Martin is best known for the bookshops that still bear her name. In postwar Adelaide, at a time when modernism was beginning to influence Australian art and literature, her bookshop became a gathering place for intellectuals and radicals attracted by her unconventional views, her warm manner and her freshly brewed coffee. In the 1960s Mary Martin began a new life in India, determined to encourage an intellectual and artistic awareness between Eastern and Western cultures. She worked with the charismatic Dr. Narasimhan among the tribespeople of the Nilgiri Hills while supporting herself and her staff through her international bookselling operation.


  • Epigraph: 'It is better to blaze up, even for a moment, than to smoulder forever with desire.' (Mahabharata)
  • Dedication: To Ananda Shivaram.


* Contents derived from the St Lucia, Indooroopilly - St Lucia area, Brisbane - North West, Brisbane, Queensland,:University of Queensland Press , 1997 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Ode and the Curei"When unpoetic minds become poetically inclined", Mary Martin , single work poetry satire (p. 8-9)
Running with the Modernist Radicals, Julie Lewis , single work biography (p. 19-36)
Battles on the Home Front, Julie Lewis , single work biography (p. 37-47)
The Bookshop - and a Dancing Catalyst, Julie Lewis , single work biography (p. 48-63)
Friction in the Bookshop, Julie Lewis , single work biography (p. 107-123)

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