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The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney
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'To peer deeply into this ghost city, the one lying beneath the surface, is to understand that Sydney has a soul and that it is a very dark place indeed.' Beneath the shining harbour, amid the towers of global greed and deep inside the bad-drugs madness of the suburban wastelands, lies Sydney's shadow history. Terrifying tsunamis, corpse-robbing morgue staff, killer cops, neo-Nazis, power junkies and bumbling SWOS teams electrify this epic tale of a city with a cold vacuum for a moral core. Birmingham drills beneath the cover story of a successful multicultural metropolis and melts the boundaries between past and present to reveal a ghost city beneath the surface of concrete and glass. In Birmingham's alternative history of Sydney, the yawning chasm between the megarich and the lumpen masses is as evident in the insane wealth of the new elites as it was in the head-spinning rapacity of the NSW Rum Corps. This is a city shattered by the nexus between government, big money and the underworld, where the glittering prizes go to the strong, not the just. Combining intensive research with the pace of a techno-thriller, John Birmingham creates a rich portrait of a city too dazzled by its own gorgeous reflection to care much for what lies at its dark, corrupted heart. Illuminated by wild flashes of black humour, violent, ghoulish and utterly compelling, Leviathan is history for the Tarantino generation.

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Hardback Editions

1999 : UK Hardback

Title: Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney
Author(s): John Birmingham
ISBN: 0-09-183261-6 / 978-0-09-183261-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Knopf/Random House
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Paperback Editions

February 2011 : Australia Paperback

Title: Leviathan: The Unauthorized Biography of Sydney
Author(s): John Birmingham
ISBN: 1-74166-667-8 / 978-1-74166-667-0 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Random House (Au)
Availability: Amazon UK   

2000 : UK Paperback

Title: Leviathan
Author(s): John Birmingham
ISBN: 0-09-184203-4 / 978-0-09-184203-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney
Author(s): John Birmingham
Publisher: Random House Australia
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA