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The Winter Sparrows: Growing Up In Scotland & Australia
Mary Rose Liverani grew up in the slums of Glasgow and, at the age of thirteen, migrated with her family to a steel town on the south coast of New South Wales. After a carefree time in a migrant hostel, she found that they had exchanged the warmth and richness of life amongst family and friends in Britain for the sometimes frighteningly silent hostility of the Australian ...more
(first published January 1st 1977)
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Re-read this again. Recommended by Prof James Hammerton, historian from La Trobe who is writing a book with a little section containing my husband and I on our experiences when immigrating to Australia from Scotland in 1982. It's set in the 50s when I was born. We were not as poor as this family and didn't live in Glasgow but knew the areas mentioned and can relate to families I knew way back then. True story by the author's own experiences, a must read for anyone studying this field.