As of right now I am on prac and staying with an incredible woman who taught me when I was in primary school. Yesterday afternoon we were sitting on the porch chatting and she fluttered off to get this book to show me. Read it she insisted. She didn't have to try very hard. I was hooked from page one with nostalgia. The author lives in England with her husband and three children but is Australian and wanted her children to know the life of an Aussie childhood. For three months she returned to her hometown in Lake Macquarie and fell right back into the care-free Australian way of life. Throughout the book (which is set out as a letter to her children) she describes all of the beautiful and irreplaceable joys of growing up in Australia (fairy bread, milo, bare feet, shaking your boots out, etc). I was in my prime! Then I got to page 149 and discovered she was thanking the incredible principal of her childrens' school who the kids call Ms Cressy. My Ms Cressy, who taught and inspired me when I was ten, and who teaches and inspires me still to this day. My tiny hometown is even mentioned. It was all so much. I ended up finishing about two hours after I started. So yeah.
I am obviously super happy and if you want to experience what an Australian childhood is like, read this book because Gemmell couldn't have explained it better!
Acquired from: Ms Cressy