Anne Whitehead

Paradise Mislaid

Paradise Mislaid

In Search of the Australian Tribe of Paraguay
(First published UQP, 1997-98; Untapped ebook: ISBN 9781922730220; 2022 Booktopia print edition: ISBN 9781761280696)

Publisher’s cover note:
‘In a bizarre 1890s social experiment, a band of 500 ordinary Australians followed an English journalist and visionary, William Lane, to found a socialist utopia in the tropical rainforests of Paraguay. It is a story of politics, heroism and hard struggle, dreams and disillusionment, sexual adventures and romantic love. When the colonists’ hopes collapsed in turmoil, many, including Mary Gilmore, returned home. Others stayed on, learning Spanish and the Guaraní language and becoming part of the culture of their adopted country. These descendants of socialists also endured the harsh Stroessner dictatorship.

At once an erudite, award-winning work of history and a passionate personal quest, Anne Whitehead’s unique narrative maps her own journeys to Paraguay over two decades. The Spanish-speaking descendants, their lingo still peppered with Australianisms, tell her stories of their childhoods, of political oppression and crusades against it, of smuggling and brigandage, love and loss, obsession and high adventure.’

Winner - 1998 NSW Premier's Australian History Award

Shortlisted in 1998 for: Kibble Literary Award for Women Writers; Dobbie Award for a First Published Book; The Age Book of the Year selection.

ABC-RN Nightlife interview with Sarah Macdonald – ‘This Week in History – New Australia’, broadcast 23 September 2018:

‘One of the most bizarre stories in Australian history – splendidly told by one of our master story-tellers.’

Frank Moorhouse, cover note 1997

Paradise Mislaid
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