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War Depression War: A History of a Catholic Family Part 2 1901-1945

The second book of a history of a nation through the lives of ordinary Australians whose beginnings were in a penal colony.

In 1901, the author's great-grandparents, James Patrick and Mary Jane Wilson, moved from rural Tallawang near Gulgong to the fledgling suburb of Chatswood on Sydney's North Shore.

Accompanying them were Bert (the author's grandfather), Bert's sister Elizabeth and his younger brother Leo. Older brother Percy followed later. Bert, Percy and older brother Tom began a business, building houses from Chatswood through to Hornsby on Sydney's northern border.

The breakout of the First World War saw dramatic changes. Rowland Wilson, Bert's nephew, enlisted only to be engaged shortly after his arrival in France in one of the bloodiest battles of the War - the battle over Pozieres. His remains are mingled with the mud and dirt of Pozieres' farmlands. Leo, Rowland's uncle, followed a year later. The author gives an account of their terrible experiences. On the author's mother's side, it was his grandfather Steele's brother, Percy Steele, who endured the same frightening ordeal, carrying a lifelong war wound.

Australians were hardly over the War when the Depression struck, causing many builders to lose their businesses. The Wilsons hung on by the skin of their teeth, improvising as best they could, while the Steeles, always with work with the New South Wales Railways in clerical positions, did much better.

The author provides an engaging account of his parents' upbringing before they met at Chatswood in 1938. They were from very different backgrounds. The class difference would cause them heartache. The Second World War intervened. His father was a leading sick berth attendant on HMAS SYDNEY during the great cruiser battles in the Mediterranean. It was a deadly period, but the SYDNEY survived and returned to Australia where his parents were married in 1941. Tension was never far away between his father and his mother's parents. Among all these happenings were much drama and excitement.

The book ends with the author's father building their first house at Lane Cove, a suburb adjacent to Chatswood. Book 3, ME AND PETE, covering the author's early childhood, was released in 2020.

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After a lifetime working in the book business (mostly educational publishing) I now concentrate on my writing.

One of my most exhilarating and formative experiences was living in Holland for two and a half years. On returning to Australia, I resumed my studies, completed a major in Dutch Language and Literature at Melbourne University and then transferred to La Trobe University where I studied through to a master's degree in philosophy. My studies and immersion in another culture and language, together with my Catholic faith, form the biggest influences on my writing. But shaping those influences are my mother and father. One could not have wished for better or more principled parents.

My master's thesis was on Edmund Burke whose thought enters my writing in one way or another. My preoccupations are social and cultural from a Catholic and (Burkean) conservative point of view. This reflects my acceptance of the Catholic idea of the reciprocal relationship between faith and reason.

My favourite fiction authors are Dickens, Austen, and Waugh. Evelyn Waugh's style and mastery of English have been my biggest influence - not in vain, I hope. My favourite modern non-fiction author is philosopher Roger Scruton. I spend my leisure time reading and occasionally walking along the nearby shores of Port Phillip Bay. I love opera, musicals, and the ballet (The Nutcracker is my favourite.) I enjoy fifties rock 'n' roll, forties big band and the American songbook. Mozart is my favourite classical composer but I am acquiring a liking for Bach.

Bringing all the influences together on my fiction writing, I would place my novels in two genres. First, there are my 'Catholic' novels, in the style of Evelyn Waugh, Grahame Greene, and Morris West. I deal with similar issues as these Catholic writers. (See The Catholic Novel page.)

Second, I plan a series in the Romance genre. Love relationships are a way of exploring the essence of the human person. The first title A VERY ODD ROMANCE was released on 30 August 2020. The second EDITING CONSTANCY: A JANE AUSTEN STORY was released 1 January 2021.


EAN / 13-stellige ISBN 978-1876262174
10-stellige ISBN 1876262176
Verlag Gerard Charles Wilson Publisher
Sprache Englisch
Editionsform Non Books / PBS
Einbandart E-Book
Typ des digitalen Artikels ePub mit Adobe DRM
Copyright Digital Rights Management Adobe
Erscheinungsdatum 11. Juli 2020
Warengruppe des Lieferanten Belletristik - Biographien, Erinnerungen
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