I enjoyed this well-written, easy to read memoir, which is the author’s third. I certainly want to check out her previous books.
Catherine tells us about her childhood, growing up in an Adelaide suburb in a strict yet eccentric family and attending a Catholic school. While it’s not a particularly exceptional childhood, I liked the way that she wrote about it. The style is quite literary and thoughtful without being overly nostalgic. I’m not sure there was anything that significantly made it a 60s / 70s memoir, because she didn’t have a television or know about pop music, due to an upbringing that was both conservative and not wealthy. If it had been set a decade or two earlier, I wouldn’t be surprised. The same principle applies to the location, because although there are some elements which are uniquely Australian, the book doesn’t dwell on Australia and so again, with a few tweaks to the text, it could be set in Britain or the US. This isn’t a disadvantage and actually it helps to make the memoir more relatable. I wasn’t so interested in the sports element of the book, but other readers might be.
I liked how the epilogue told us a little about her current life and the events which made her decide to write the memoir. The book overall is charming and heartfelt.
Independently published in 2022.
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It is always interesting to read reviews of one’s books, particularly when they are well-written and insightful. You have left me with food for thought. Thank you!
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