For thousands of young Australians the tearful dockside farewell was a rite of passage as they boarded ships bound for London. For some the journey was an extended holiday, but for many actors, painters, musicians, writers and journalists, leaving Australia seemed to be the only path to personal and professional fulfilment. This book, first published in 2000, is a collective biography of those people who found themselves categorised as expatriates - people such as Leo McKern, Dame Joan Sutherland, Barry Tuckwell, Don Banks, Phillip Knightley, John Pilger, Peter Porter, Richard Neville, Jill Neville and 'megastars' Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James. The book tells of choices they made about career and country, yet it is also a cultural history that traces shifts in the complex relationship between Australia and Britain, as the supposed colonial backwater began to develop its own cultural identity.
1. Introduction; Part I. Leaving: 2. An Australian theatre or a career on stage?; 3. Sydney or Fleet Street?; 4. Musical directions; 5. Patterns of discovery: artists and writers; Part II. Climbing: 6. Grander stages; 7. Long and winding musical roads; 8. The yellow brick road to the land of OZ and beyond; 9. Journalists' journeys; 10. Crucible to firmament: Barry Humphries, Germaine Greer and Clive James and the expatriate search for fame; Part III. Complicating ... Solving: 11. Home and identity.