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A Simpler Time : A Memoir of Love, Laughter, Loss and Billycarts - Peter FitzSimons

A Simpler Time : A Memoir of Love, Laughter, Loss and Billycarts

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A memoir of love, laughter, loss and billycarts

It still amazes me what they allowed us to do without their supervision or help while remaining deeply loving parents. Climb trees from the age of four or five? No problem. Drive the tractor from the age of eight or nine onwards? Good luck to you. Haul on the hoist to pull the half-ton bins filled with oranges off the trailer? Yes. Take your bike out on the Pacific Highway and ride to school? Just be careful, but okay ...

Their rough reckoning was that if we thought we could do something, we probably could - and if we thought we couldn′t do something, we probably still could, if we applied ourselves.

Peter FitzSimons′s account of growing up on the rural outskirts of Sydney in the 1960s is first and foremost a tribute to family. But it is also a salute to times and generations past, when praise was understated but love unstinting; work was hard and values clear; when people stood by each other in adversity.

Above all, in the FitzSimons home, days were for doing. In this rollicking and often hilarious memoir, Peter describes a childhood of mischief, camaraderie, eccentric characters, drama - and constant love and generosity. The childhood of a simpler time.

About The Author

Peter FitzSimons is a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald. He is the author of nearly twenty books - including Tobruk and biographies of Nancy Wake, Kim Beazley, Nene King, Nick Farr-Jones, Steve Waugh and John Eales - and was Australia’s bestselling non-fiction writer in 2001 and 2004.

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4.0

A good read

By Phil

from Kings canyon NT Aust

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  • Inspirational
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    Comments about A Simpler Time : A Memoir of Love, Laughter, Loss and Billycarts:

    The best thing about this book is I related to it so well as I grew up in a similar way,in the same era, not that my parents were farmers, however they built their family home and made it what it is from the virgin bush and we watched the local township develop around us

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    5.0

    As good as it gets

    By speedread

    from sydney

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      Comments about A Simpler Time : A Memoir of Love, Laughter, Loss and Billycarts:

      I couldn't fault this book. Having been disappointed with Mawson, and not a fan of autobiographies, I was blown away by this candid, funny, sad, intuitive, naive youngster. This is the best childhood memoir since Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals, and in my opinion surpasses that in all aspects.

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      ISBN: 9780732288044
      ISBN-10: 0732288045
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 384
      Published: 1st July 2010
      Dimensions (cm): 15.3 x 23.2  x 2.8
      Weight (kg): 0.53