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Victoria Purman is an Australian top ten and USA Today bestselling fiction author. Her most recent bestseller, The Land Girls, was published in April 2019. The Last of the Bonegilla Girls, a novel based on her mother's post-war migration to Australia, was published in 2018. Her previous novel The Three Miss Allens became a USA Today bestseller in April 2019. She is a regular guest at writers festivals, a mentor and workshop presenter and was a judge in the fiction category for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.
To find out more, visit Victoria on her website.paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0776QJG3D
- Publisher : HQ Fiction (1 May 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 775 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 84,550 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While this story is most definitely a work of fiction, it nonetheless inspires readers to examine their own views on the world, the prejudices that we build up because of our own circumstances be they cultural, religious, racial or otherwise, or because of our misconceptions about other people’s actions. In the friendship that grows between Frances, Elizabeta, Vasiliki and Iliana we see people learning to accept each other in spite of their differences, support each other when support is needed and accept each other in spite of mistakes made.
The story is well researched, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the migrant history of Australia and of the history of the Bonegilla Migrant Reception Centre near Albury. It gives readers a glimpse into life in Australia in the 1950’s and some insight into the sorts of reasons migrants have for coming to Australia to make a new life.
I found myself as absorbed in the story of the four girls, which spans half a century, as I was in the walk down memory lane to my childhood. I found this a gentle and thoughtful book and a story that made me question my own values and I loved it. Victoria Purman is to be congratulated for this one!
It commenced when 3 of the girls and their families, from different nationalities, in the 1950's, sailed to Australia as migrants to embark on a new life in a new country. These people docked in Melbourne and were placed on buses and taken to the Bonegilla Migrant Camp in Northern Victoria. It portrayed the difficulties experienced with communication, as many different languages were spoken, different cultures and prejudices mainly with religion. However, these 3 girls met an Australian girl at the camp whose father was the director, and the 4 of them became friends and managed to maintain their friendships throuogh all the
I loved this story. It commenced when the 3 girls and their families sailed to Australia. When they docked in Melbourne, they were transported to the Bonegilla Migrant Camp in Northern Victoria. With so many different nationalities it portrayed communication difficulties with different languages spoken, plus there many different cultures and prejudices, mainly religious. The 3 girls were befriended by an Australian girl, Frances, whose father was Camp Director. However, these 4 girls overcame their differences and even after moving away to different states, they remained close friends throughout their lifetimes. Through letters they shared heartaches and secrets, and even managed to catch up at reunions often years apart.
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The book explores the hardships families face dealing with narrow minded Aussies and completely different cultural beliefs. A wonderful look at life in Australia from the 50s and beyond.
I was immersed in the story of the life of these immigrant families, what they endured, hoped to find and the strength they had to overcome.......The author is a truly gifted writer!