NOW IN STOCK: ‘MIRACLE SWAMP’, GINA LEVENSPIEL’S HISTORY OF THE QUEEN VICTORIA GARDENS
Calling all book lovers and urban-planning enthusiasts. If you missed the launch of Gina Levenspiel’s book Miracle Swamp: The place of Queen Victoria Gardens in the urban, horticultural and creative life of Melbourne at MPavilion on 24 January, we have good news: you can now buy the book from us via the internet and, from this Friday, in person at World Food Books!
Published by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation with support from the Gordon Darling Foundation, Miracle Swamp is an eighty-page illustrated history of the now meticulously landscaped garden home of MPavilion—and, in turn, of Melbourne itself.
The green linen–covered book (designed by Stuart Geddes) is full to the margins with collections of hand-drawn maps, rare photos and thoroughly researched stories that trace the changing course of the Yarra River’s once-swampy south bank: from its significant place in the Kulin nation to its transformation into host of royal monuments, the beloved Paul Bangay–designed horticultural exhibit Botanica and, since 2014, MPavilion.
Miracle Swamp is available for $30. You can find World Food Books in Studio 19 on Level 3 of the Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne, and it’s open 12–7pm on Fridays and 12–4pm on Saturdays. If you prefer to let your fingers do the walking, email firstname.lastname@example.org to buy your copy from us (just add $6 postage for within Australia)—and start discovering weird and wonderful stories from Melbourne’s past.