Lauded by John Betjeman, birthplace of Germaine Greer, home of Dame Edna Everage and source of Foster's lager, the city of Melbourne is regarded as one of the most gracious in the world.
Not so, however, by Angela Thirkell, the formidable novelist and daughter of the British Establishment, who viewed all Australians as being both down and under. In 1919 she trooped of to the Southern Cross with her new Australian husband, her two young sons, Graham and Colin McInnes, and a shipload of diggers going home from the trenches, to make a fresh start in God's own country.
This is the story — wonderfully, wittily told — of the strange, compelling land and childhood adventures that awaited the young Mclnneses. For, unlike Angela, the boys took to Hobart, Melbourne and the bush with gusto. Although few of us have had a mother like Angela Thirkell, Graham McInnes's memoir is, in many ways, the tale of every man's youth — of schoolboy triumphs, the Boy Scouts, The First Kiss — but it is also one that could have occurred only in 'glorious Melbourne'. A portrait of a beautiful city, an astonishing country, a devastating mother, The Road to Gundagai is classic autobiography.
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Goodreads rating: 3.67/5