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  • Published: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760892791
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 56
  • RRP: $24.99

Apathetical Sydney

A Parody


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An A–Z love letter to our pretty but sometimes shitty Emerald City.

Welcome to Sydney – the ‘Emerald City’,
With the world’s nicest harbour, it’s really quite pretty.
The surface is gorgeous but give it a scratch,
And you’ll see how the upsides all come with a catch . . .

For children, Sydney is a wondrous place of jacaranda trees, chugging harbour ferries and singing ice cream trucks. For the rest of us, Sydney is a cesspit of red-faced road rage, late-running trains and overpriced bloody everything.

In this hilarious homage to the kids’ classic Alphabetical Sydney, local creatives Paul Chappell and Josh Whiteman take an adults-only, A–Z tour of one of Australia’s most iconic cities to reveal the truth its residents all recognise: while it looks lovely, it’s f*cking impossible to live in.

To anyone who’s ever had a good moan about the lockout laws, parking wardens or just the whole of the Eastern Suburbs (but knows deep in their cynical heart that Sydney still beats Melbourne hands down): this book is for you.

Illustrations by Will Vink.

  • Pub date: 5 November 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760892791
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 56
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Authors

Josh Whiteman

Paul Chappell and Josh Whiteman are the founders of Brand+Story, a Sydney-based creative partnership. They both live in Sydney with their families and enjoy nothing more than complaining about living in the best city in the world.

Paul Chappell

Paul Chappell and Josh Whiteman are the founders of Brand+Story, a Sydney-based creative partnership. They both live in Sydney with their families and enjoy nothing more than complaining about living in the best city in the world.


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