Good Living Street: The Fortunes of My Viennese Family

Tim Bonyhady

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Published: 5th Sep '19


The dazzling tale of an extraordinary family who were connected to the greatest figures of their age before the Nazi Anschluss forced them to flee their privileged life in Vienna.

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In 1900 Vienna was one of the most exciting places to live in the world. Its glamorous high society was the envy of Europe, and it was the centre of an exploding arts movement that set the tone for the following century. Tim Bonyhady’s family were leading patrons of the arts in fin de siecle Vienna: Gustav Klimt painted his great-grandmother’s portrait, Josef Hoffmann designed their lavish residence and Gustav and Alma Mahler were close acquaintances.In Good Living Street Bonyhady follows the lives of three generations of women in his family in an intimate account of fraught relationships, romance, and business highs and lows. They enjoyed a lifestyle of unimaginable luxury and privilege until the rise of Nazism made their existence in Austria untenable.In 1938, as Kristallnacht was raging, his family fled Vienna for a small flat in Australia, taking with them the best private collection of art and design to escape the Nazis. As they remade their lives as refugees, the past was rarely discussed and fifty years passed before Tim discovered the remarkable arc of his family’s fortunes.

Additional information

Weight 0.42 kg
Dimensions 36 × 130 × 198 mm
Page Count 468