H A T O T H E R S S A Y
'Mark Wakely's wide-ranging
meditation on "house", "home", "shelter",
richly allusive as it is, never moves so far from the personal as to lose
contact with what is passionately physical and down-to-earth. Like so
much of the best writing about space it is also a left-handed autobiography.'
- David Malouf
"... Mark Wakely has written what will hopefully be remembered as a landmark
book in Australian architectural history. ... Dream Home is highly recommended
to those with a professional interest in architecture and planning, and
will certainly also be of interest to readers of quirky/serious non-fiction
authors like Simon Winchester, Mark Kurlansky and Henry Petroski."
* * * * * (Five stars denotes "an exceptional book of the very highest
quality, regardless of genre).
- Australian Bookseller and Publisher's advance review by Tim Coronol,
assistant editor AB&P.
"The book is the natural successor to Robin Boyd's 1952 classic, Australia's
Home." - Helen Elliot, The Weekend Australian.
"An engaging and thought-provoking read." - Cyndi Tebbel, Domain, Sydney
"A fast and fascinating read, Dream Home is a good advertisement for
Wakely's ability to communicate weighty ideas and information in a breezy
and human style. ... it's likely to raise most readers' knowledge about
home-making to a higher platform of creative thought." - Davina Jackson.
Architecture Australia, May/June. 2003
"Wakely's book looks hard at the relationship between architect
and client. But it goes further. He wants people to think more deeply
about what a home really is. To move away from the glossy magazines view
- promoted by columns like this - that the house is just a 'resaleable
commodity'." - Robert Harley, 'Capital Gains' in The Weekend Australian
Financial Review, 17-18 May 2003.