Wicked Flats. "Together Apart: Boarding House, Hostel and Flat Life in Pre-War Melbourne" by Seamus O'Hanlon. [review]
Melbourne historian Seamus O'Hanlon has, in his first book, added an extra dimension to the study of Australian urban society. This element is every bit as important as the late realisation amongst Australia's historians that we have long been a nation of citydwellers. "Together Apart" is a converted PhD thesis, a fact only obvious from O'Hanlon’s frequent citing of other historians, and his eagerness to keep his methodology transparent. His writing style is engaging and his subject fascinating, with only a few scant confusing elements. This is a history of private lives, of lives behind thin walls, between nosy parker neighbours.