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  • Published: 25 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781920989125
  • Imprint: Lantern
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 212
  • RRP: $39.99

Shack: In Praise of an Australian Icon


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In Australia shacks have become our protest against the brick veneer, the place where we unwind on holiday, the workshop that feeds our soul.

In Australia shacks have become our protest against the brick veneer, the place where we unwind on holiday, the workshop that feeds our soul.

Photographer Simon Griffiths has travelled the countryside, from Jericho in Tasmania to the remote coast of Broome, to bring us images of shacks that are both familiar and exotic. We meet the shack dwellers – a mix of artists, environmentalists, fishermen, homebuilders and socialites – and experience the pleasure of inhabiting spaces that are at once monuments to self-expression and symbols of old-fashioned common sense.

Beautifully put-together, Shack is a book that takes us back in history, out into the remote reaches of the famous Australian landscape and inwards to connect with our common desire for retreat and renewal.

  • Pub date: 25 October 2010
  • ISBN: 9781920989125
  • Imprint: Lantern
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 212
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

Simon Griffiths

Simon Griffiths is a leading photographer of food, interiors and gardens. His photography appears frequently in the major lifestyle magazines and in books such as Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion and Kylie Kwong: My China. In the field of gardening and landscape design he has collaborated with Rick Eckersley and Lisa Stafford on their book Outside, with Jenna Reed Burns on Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate, and with noted rosarian Susan Irvine on The Garden at Forest Hall. He has also worked closely with leading Australian garden designer Paul Bangay on all his books, most recently The Garden at Stonefields. Shed is his is his second solo book following Shack.

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Praise for Shack: In Praise of an Australian Icon

“He captures beautifully the pioneering, even rebellious, spirit of these humble buildings and those who use them.”

Nigel Bartlett, Belle Magazine

“Griffiths' new book is a collection of stunning photographs of 38 intriguing shacks ... It is simple and enjoyable - much like the shack itself.”

Laura Phillips, West Australian

“Griffiths has ... snapped some of the most eccentric, beautiful and isolated shacks the country has to offer. All of them are captured sublimely by Griffiths' photography.”

Anthony Gough, Courier Mail

“An ode to the Aussie DIY spirit.”

Amanda Keenan, Weekend West

“A superb book exploring that very Australian shelter, the shack.”

Australian Coast to Coast Country Style

“Australia's most distinctive and fascinating shacks are brought to life.”

4 x 4 Australia


Awards & Recognition

  • APA Book Design Awards

    Shortlisted • 2011 • Best Designed General Illustrated Book


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