Wendy Whiteley is an artist, cultural figure and the wife of the late artist Brett Whiteley. She welcomed Ashleigh Wilson (Arts Editor at the Australian) into her life for four years while he worked on his biography of Brett, giving him unprecedented access, rare notebook sketches and candid family photos. The result is Art, Life & The Other Thing, a dazzling biography of Brett, which reveals for the first time the full portrait of a mercurial artist. Wendy and Ashleigh talk to Anna Schwartz about the intimate process of honouring a great artist.