The Way My Father Tells It: The Story of an Australian Life

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HarperCollins Australia, Jan 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 302 pages
"John Bowden has much in common with Bert Facey, author of A FORTUNATE LIFE. Bowden deserves to be placed in that company." - THE CANBERRA TIMES tHE WAY MY FAtHER tELLS It is a story of the joys and sorrows of childhood and adolescence, of falling in love, going to war and returning to re-establish a family life. It is filled with wry charm and self-effacing humour and is a wonderful evocation of an Australia now changed beyond recognition."It isn't easy to reminisce, alone, into a tape recorder. Yet that is what I asked my father, John Bowden, to do when, in the late 1980s I suggested he should not only record our family history, but reflect on a life that embraced almost the entire twentieth century. then in 1998, at the age of 91, father 'woke up dead' in his own bed, in his own house (which he never wanted to leave), not long after adding a postscript - a final chapter to his life story published in 1989 and titled tHE WAY MY FAtHER tELLS It".
 

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Contents

PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
FAREWELL JOHN BOWDEN
INTRODUCTION
Chapter OneA TIME WARP
Chapter TwoHAZELDENE
Chapter ThreeA WILD RABBYO
Chapter FourCHOPPINGS
Chapter FiveTHE BEST BEHAVED CHOIR BOY
Chapter TwelveRUNNYMEDE
Chapter ThirteenGOING TO WAR
Chapter FourteenTO THEMIDDLE EAST
Chapter FifteenPALESTINE 1940
Chapter SixteenSCHMIDT DER SPY
Chapter SeventeenGOING HOME
Chapter EighteenMUTINY INALICE SPRINGS
Chapter NineteenWAITING FORHOLDENS

Chapter SixORIGINS
Chapter SevenTHE HEADMASTERS VICE
Chapter EightPOSTMANS KNOCK
Chapter NineELECTRICAL ADVENTURES
Chapter TenGETTING A GIRLIN LAUNCESTON
Chapter ElevenHONEYMOONWITH THEPICTURE SHOWMAN
Chapter TwentyPEG
Chapter TwentyoneON REACHINGNINETY
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS TO FIRST EDITION
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Tim Bowden is a writer and broadcaster, spending much of his career at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where he hosted the TV listener and viewer reaction program Backchat, from 1986-93. He shares Neil Davis's Tasmanian origins and was an ABC correspondent based in Singapore from 1965 to 1967. His radio and TV broadcasts included series on the Australian colonial experience in Papua New Guinea, Australian prisoners of war of the Japanese in World War II, and the official history of ANARE (Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions). He is the author of fifteen books, most recently The Changi Camera.

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