Top positive review
An interesting and yet unique story
16 November 2016
While this is an interesting story of growing up in Sydney in the 1950s, it is not a typical story. Jonquil Graham's father was an accountant within the Vestey pastoral empire, so his family was better off than most and had a free trip back to England on one of the company's vessels every few years. So she had the unique experience of growing up in the cultures of both countries, but with the Australian one dominating. Add to that her mother's New Zealand origins, which provided many holiday opportunities, Jonquil really had a most unique childhood and adolescence. The book is an engrossing read and is well written. So many of the attitudes of the time are recounted that a reader who grew up in Australia in the same period immediately relates to the people, the times and the restraints that society accepted without thinking, as well as to the changes that began then and brought us the current Australia. It is certainly an enjoyable read.