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Once I was a Teenager: Growing up in the 50s and 60s in Australia and beyond [Kindle Edition]

Jonquil Graham
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Book Description

Remember those long-ago days of fatty Sunday roasts, junket, climbing mulberry trees, hula hoops, mini-skirts, surfing and rock ‘n’ roll? The advice your mother gave you to ‘Wear clean knickers in case you’re in a car accident.’ Her threats of ‘Wait until your father gets home’ or her warning, ‘No nice man will marry you if you eat with your mouth open.’

When the Strathern family moved to the coastal Sydney suburb of Collaroy,the neighbours feared the family of five and their dog in underpants would lower the tone on Pittwater Road.

Whether they did or not is for you to decide as Jonquil Graham takes you on a return journey to childhood and teenage years that included sea voyages, modelling assignments, making a movie, Contiki trips, doing the hippie trail across Asia and hitch-hiking around Europe.

Join her in this fun flashback to memories that will make you sigh and laugh aloud as she recalls life in Australia in the 50s and 60s.

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About the Author

Author Jonquil Graham grew up in Sydney on Pittwater Road. After hitchhiking around the world, she married a Kiwi andtogether they adopted nine children. She helped establish ICANZ (Inter-country Adoption New Zealand) and wrote How Many Planes to Get Me? about her experience of fostering and adoption. Jonquil now has lots of grandchildren and a collection of Liberace memorabilia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17877 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars growing up in Australia in the 50s and 60s 4 Sept. 2014
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Nice account of Jonquil's young life, often quite hilarious she describes her family and the changing times and how good the baby boomers of this era really had it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this book 14 Sept. 2014
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I was also teenager in the fifties and sixties albeit in England and can identify with much of what Jonquil writes about. I was especially interested to read about life in Australia at the same time and the experience of a family emigrating there. The book is very well written and held my interest all the way through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jonquil Graham 1 Aug. 2015
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I enjoyed this book and the others she has written. I have lots of memories of my sister being a teenager in the 60"s and this was a very intersting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bonzer read,cobbers !! 3 Jan. 2014
By ladylamb - Published on
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i really enjoyed this book!'s a snapshot of a time when life was more sunny and happy and being a teenager in Australia was all about girls, boys, surfing and music...just generally enjoying life...yep, the sixties !!..there's also some fascinating anecdotes from Jonquil's travels with her family to places like Turkey in a mixture of "glamping, camping and gins and tonics at sunset"....the author, Jonquil Graham, has a particular skill in that she can conjure up evocative mental images by her wordplay....personally , i think this fact-based book would make a great TV it on Kindle or hard copy...go lie in the sun and read and dream !
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once I was a teenager 4 Jan. 2014
By Pippa - Published on
An amazing journey back to when we (those 55 plus) were teenagers in an era where political correctness was unheard of, and we were able to live life learning how to take care of ourselves by learning from our mistakes - Jonquil lived HER life doing exactly what we all did back in the 50's and 60's - doing things your parents knew nothing about, and learning from our mistakes. This was an excellent read, and brought many tears of laughter to my family as we shared this amazing story of Jonquil.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book 11 Mar. 2014
By Drew Lindsay - Published on
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I have just finished reading Jonquil Graham's spellbinding book ONCE I WAS A TEENAGER. If you lived through the 50's and 60's in Australia, this book will rekindle memories probably long forgotten. If you missed out on those amazing years, you will get to see, hear and even perhaps smell the excitement of living in that era if you take the time to read this book. Beautifully written by a lady with panache, style and love. Her attention to detail is astounding. I rarely recommend books to others because I don't read a lot. I'm too busy writing. This book got me, hook, line and sinker.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An honest, open and brilliant read! 20 Mar. 2014
By Joanna Rifaat - Published on
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Congratulations on another brilliant book Jonqs!

You have such an amazing talent at recapturing family life as it was. Your sheer honesty and vibrancy, combined with that wonderful mischievous humour makes this such a wonderful read.

As I shared your personal walk down Memory Lane, you brought each character to life with every page that I turned.I got to know them all intimately and actually felt I had grown up with you and been with you on all your adventures!

Joanna UK
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun read 5 Jan. 2014
By Jennifer Gow - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I so enjoyed this book about life growing up in the 60s in Sydney. I can relate to the hilarious stories about authoritarian fathers trying to guide their teenage offspring into lifetime careers instead of becoming dropout surfies, or their daughters into good marriages and a secure life. My how have times changed! Jonquil has a wonderful style of writing and you can't help but chuckle all the way through. Her upbeat and happy attitude shines through to make this book a great read.
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