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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Favourite books of our Friends

Below are the books our Friends named as their favourite.

Self portrait
Self portrait, 1949 (detail) Louis Kahan. © Louis Kahan/Copyright Agency, 2021

Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal – two people nominated this one!

The Origins of Knowledge and Imagination by Jacob Bronowski

The Watch Tower by Elizabeth Harrower

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton

The Dust That Falls from Dreams by Louis de Bernieres.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression by Bruce Barnbaum

The Persimmon Tree by Bryce Courtney

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Home by Leila Chudori

Longitude by Dava Sobel

Life and Love in the Apennines by Eric Newby

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.

The Eye of the Sheep by Sofia Laguna

A Very Private Diary by Mary Morris

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

Portrait Painting Atelier by Juliet Aristedes

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders past and present. We respectfully advise that this site includes works by, images of, names of, voices of and references to deceased people.

This website comprises and contains copyrighted materials and works. Copyright in all materials and/or works comprising or contained within this website remains with the National Portrait Gallery and other copyright owners as specified.

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