In 1976 a young dyslexic boy makes a book for Book Week to be displayed in his primary school classroom. He calls it ‘The Pink Book’. It is a collection of softly painted pink pages with no words, no sentences, yet with a very strong story to tell. Forty years later, Henry von Doussa has written into those pink pages to free the waiting story.
Hardback, clothbound | ISBN: 978-0-9874037-8-0 | 183p, 23cm x 28cm | RRP $75.00
The Pink Book is a memoir about family, sexuality, class, and fear and grief through the HIV/AIDS epidemic, highlighting life’s juxtaposing forces: beauty and suffering, freedom and constraint.
The Pink Book contains Henry von Doussa’s art, writing, and precious objects (including old family letters and photographs) to tell a story of growing up through the 80s and 90s, asking: What gives a family lift? What drags a family down? The Pink Book explores the power of creativity to understand and ease the mental ill-health that hangs as an ever-present spectre over multiple generations of an Australian family.
The Pink Book is an exceptionally crafted, beautifully presented publication designed by award-winning book designer Sean Hogan.
We wish to acknowledge that the photographs depicting a male model used in the ‘Religious Icon’ artworks (pages 18-21, 34-37 of The Pink Book) are by Melbourne photographer Drew Martyn. We apologise for not including an acknowledgement in the printed work.
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