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. Tim Bonyhady's family were leading patrons of the arts in fin-de-siècle 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 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.
Tim Bonyhady is an art historian and environmental lawyer. Since 2004 he has been director of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law at the Australian National University. In 2013 he will be a Visiting Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Published by Allen & Unwin, 1 July 2012