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Womerah Lane

272 pages
Paperback with flaps, 23.5 x 17 cm
Published November 2019

Womerah Lane

Lives and LandscapesTom Carment

Thirty years in the making, Womerah Lane is a collection of stories, paintings and drawings that cover the period Tom Carment has lived in the inner-city suburb of Darlinghurst while travelling the country as a plein air artist.

Carment writes as he paints – from life – capturing the likeness of a particular place in time, or the moment when he sees something striking or strange. His paintings and drawings are small, limited by what he can carry with him on his travels. In his writing too he is a miniaturist working on a large scale. Free-flowing yet nuanced, his work evokes the places he visits – farms, beaches, cottages, building sites – and the people and objects he encounters, friends and strangers, the homeless and the famous, fish, typewriters and eggs. Each has its own story.

It is Carment’s quiet determination to capture life as it passes, across all corners of the country, that makes this collection unique.

About the Author

Tom Carment

Tom Carment is one of Australia’s most accomplished plein air artists, painting landscapes, still lifes and portraits since the early 1970s. His work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, and selected eleven times for the Archibald Prize. He is the author of Days and Nights in Africa (1985), Seven Walks: Cape Leeuwin to Bundeena (2014) and Womerah Lane: Lives and Landscapes (2019).

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Tom Carment’s writing, like his art, seduces quietly: austere, highly articulate, always fresh, with a dry sense of the absurd. In this calm, modest register he commands great territories.

Helen Garner


Shortlisted, 2021 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.


The Australian

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