THE LUCKY BASTARDS
THE larrikin spirit of Ginger Meggs is embedded in Australian folklore, and this cover sets the tone for first- time Tasmanian author John Birkett’s delightful book.
Here baby boomer Birkett recaptures the adventures and joys of his own youth.
John and Willy are ( Lenah) Valley boys. On the foothills of Mt Wellington they lived out their fantasies and enjoyed escapades with minimal interruption.
Birkett plunges into nostalgia reminding young and old how the “Valley Boys” and their families lived in the post war years. Social life revolved around family gatherings, going to the football, the movies, listening to the radio and Saturday dances.
Accounts of their school days are hilarious. Gaining a place at one of the most distinguished and disciplined schools in Australia, Hobart High School, the escapades and adventures of the dynamic duo were not thwarted.
This is a mixed bag of wonderful memories and fun. On occasions I laughed ’ til I cried.