Kookaburras, Cuppas and Kangaroos – A Review

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About the book

Fuelled by her spirit for adventure and with her £10.00 ticket in hand, Elizabeth Isle leaves 1960s England, determined to see it all, not just Australia and New Zealand, but as much as she can on the way, too. She surrenders her passport to the Australian government and must find work to support herself on the other side of the world from her family and friends. There can be no going back for two years. Join this intrepid young woman on the adventure of her lifetime. Share her amazing experiences, discover what exotic animals await, get travel tips and meet her new friends through her letters home and over plenty of cups of tea. Beware – the travel bug might prove infectious!

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What do I think?

Following World War Two, with a growing economy and need for more skilled workers, the British government established the assisted immigration scheme to Australia. More commonly known as ‘Ten Pound Poms’ this programme enabled British citizens to travel to Australia for ten pounds. Individuals taking up the offer would need to relinquish their passport for two years or face repaying their travel fare in full. Elizabeth Isle was one of these individuals and Kookaburras, Cuppas and Kangaroos details her adventure drawing on her delightful observations as recorded in her journal and letters home.

Before reading this book, I knew a reasonable amount about the scheme and people moving to Australia as part of it. What really set Kookaburras, Cuppas and Kangaroos apart though was the detail of the journey. With glistening descriptions, as a reader I felt I was given a privileged insight into Elizabeth’s experience.

Elizabeth came across as a hard-working woman determined to make the most of her adventure whilst in Australia. Meeting relatives for the first time and being inspired by her surroundings, Elizabeth saves enough money to journey to New Zealand and Tasmania as well.  The book includes some lovely photographs, which bring an extra element of interest to the adventures.

The only downside of this book for me, was that conversational exchanges felt a little stilted. Quite often they fell rather flat and not in-keeping with the enthusiastic descriptions which were carefully recorded in her journals and letters. I felt that this was a shame, although it wouldn’t put me off recommending Kookaburras, Cuppas and Kangaroos as a good book for anyone who wants to grasp a better understanding of the reality of this scheme. Fellow historical fiction fans will enjoy it, I’m sure.

Purchase link: https://mybook.to/KookaburrasCuppasRoos

Author bio

Sue Bavey author

Sue Bavey (writing as S. Bavey) is a British mother of two teenagers who now lives in Franklin, Massachusetts, having moved to the US in 2003. Writing as S. Bavey, she won a gold award from Readers’ Favourite for her grandfather’s biography: Lucky Jack (1894 – 2000), which she wrote during COVID lockdown. She also has a number of non-fiction stories published in various anthologies.

Kookaburras, Cuppas & Kangaroos is the story of her late mother’s emigration from Yorkshire to Australia in 1960 for three years, told via airmail letters and travel diary entries.

A free prequel to Kookaburras, Cuppas & Kangaroos”, called “A Yorkshire Lass: The Early Years” is available for free download from www.suebavey.com

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N.B. Thank you to Sue Bavey and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for the e-copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own. For more information about how I work with others, please take a look at my disclosure page.

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