THE LUCKY BAS­TARDS

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - BOOKS - War­ren Brewer

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.

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