An affectionate and hilarious tribute to the childhood of another era, from one of Australia's favourite authors A memoir of love, laughter, loss and billycarts 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. this edition now includes supplementary reading group notes.
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I cried for an hour after the last chapter. A beautiful story, of a simpler time indeed - childhood.
A Simpler Time
What a fantastic compulsory text this would be for all High School students to study! I laughed so hard & often cried but it certainly took me back to the foundations of family and hard work that built this beautiful country of ours and made Australia what it is today. As a parent, Peter's mother inspired me to be a better person, to appreciate what I have and most of all to see the good in every person we encounter. There is something for everyone in this book. It is beautifully written and an absolute delight to pick up at the end of a long day! Keep up the great work Fitzy :-)
A Simpler Time
A must read for anyone - you will laugh, cry, smile, and reminicence along with the author.