The white family history touches on colonisation, convicts and tough times, as well as both world wars. He manages to link that history to his experience working with first nations people and ultimately to the privileged country we have become.
Clive chronicles a world trip in the 1970s and has a gift for bringing to life the characters and events he experienced in a world very different from today’s technological age. In 1977 his father died when he was travelling and he didn’t hear the news for four weeks. Today it would be minutes.
Clive has great faith and belief in humankind, and the love and respect he demonstrates to the women in his life reflects this.
There is fun and love and sadness in the book, as there is in most lives, but for Clive, “good luck” is the barometer of his existence, despite the grim reality of serious lung cancer. This story is a positive experience with some genuine laughs and important insights about a life well lived.
Born in Melbourne in 1950. Clive became a teacher in country Victoria before heading off on a world trip from 1975-77. On his return he joined the Public Service and moved to Darwin doing work with First Nations people. He edited and published Cheryl Fongs memoir “Beloved on this Earth” after her death from Motor Neuron Disease. Clive is married and spends his time between Narooma NSW and Melbourne.
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