Australians are surrounded by beaches. But this enclosure is more than a geographical fact for the inhabitants of an island continent; the beach is an integral part of the cultural envelope. This work analyzes the history of the beach as an integral aspect of Australian culture.
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Prof.Jon Stratton (Curtin University of Technology)
"necessary reading...This is the book on the history of beach culture in Australia for which all of us concerned with Australian popular culture have been waiting."
The Manly Daily
"Booth has created a social history of Australia
'Booth's book does fill in important gaps with its account of the institutions and professional organisations that grew up around the beach in the second half of the twentieth century.' - Australian Historical Studies