The Land Before Avocado
'It was simpler time'. We had more fun back then'. 'Everyone could afford a house'.
There's plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like?
In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes...more
I was actually in the UK and South Africa during the period Glover is describing but many of the events he describes were international. We really did prepare all those weird and wonderful meals and served them up at the dinner parties which were our main source of ...more
Richard puts all this out there, then reflects, rather sensibly that so many of us say 'how much better things used to be'. Were they, really? He researched thoroughly, even going out to Kingswood to the State Archives, and ...more
The Land Before Avocado is a book by Australian radio presenter and best-selling author, Richard Glover. In it he explores life in Australia during the time in which he grew up, the mid-sixties through to the mid-seventies. He explains that recent conversations with incredulous millennials about things both common and rare during that time ...more
However, The Land Before Avacado is also a sobering reminder of how far we have come as a culture. The status quo for baby boomers and ...more
This book takes me back. I am even older that Richard Glover, and I’m fairly sure I didn’t meet an avocado until about 1977. Sad, isn’t it? ‘The Land before Avocado’ takes some of us back to the decade between 1965 and 1975. It’s sobering to think that so many of you weren’t even born then.
Back in 1965, we were getting ready for the introduction of decimal currency on the 14th of February 1966. We spent a lot of time converting pounds, shillings and pence ...more
22 May 2019
When I started reading this book my first and immediate thought was that the author was trying to be Bill Bryson, particularly since Bryson actually wrote a book along similar lines, namely about his life growing up in 1950s America. Okay, this book is slightly different in that it is not so much about growing up in Australia in the 60s and 70s in the same way, namely because Bryson is able to personalise his accounts much more than the author of this book, who ...more
I enjoyed some of the reflections - some of them were still relevant into the 80s, as I wasn't alive for any of the 60s and the majority of the 70s.
There were definitely things I didn't realise - I didn't know the flat white was an Australian idea! And it is difficult to imagine the police being called in because a cafe owner had decided to put a table and a couple of chairs outside so people could enjoy their tea/coffee in the sun! I also didn't realise that 1978/79 was the point at which ...more
I ended up reading half of this out loud to John and we often had tears really long down our faces. Many parts felt like a biography of my own childhood !
If you grew up in the 60s or 70s in Australia you MUST read this book. In fact it should be mandatory reading for all those people who yearn for the ‘good old days’ and it’s packed with facts and figures as to why. Some very valid points are made !
Wise and witty taking us from around 1965 to the present day. Some of it is memoir, that I can really relate to. The Author grew-up, only a few years ahead of me, in the same city. How familiar it all is.
He's also gleamed quite a bit from deep diving into archival footage of the times.
Nostalgic and informative critique of our "lucky" country.
Extremely excellent! Highly recommended!
Might be my best non-fiction read of the year.
We’ve come a long way.
• Prior to 1966, legislation was in place that when a woman working in the Australian public service got married, she automatically lost her job.
• The Australian Labor Party supported the White Australia Policy until 1965, with ...more
I’m a little bit younger, but feel I grew up in the same country as RG - Canberra in the 70s. I laughed (out loud) at so much of the 70s cultural refuse. A lot of dittos and familiar nostalgic landmarks and signifiers. It’s when we see how much of our experience we share with strangers that we recognise the full power of culture in specific times and places. As for the later chapters, my parents were well-trained optimists - my mum a disciple of AB Facey’s ...more
Over breakfast one morning the author told his son that when he was younger there was no avocado. His son was in disbelief. What followed was the author's exploration of what other parts of Australian society that we take for granted were alien prior to 1975.
I was born in 1976, however I grew up in a small country town and it takes a long time for things to change. Some of the things the author spoke about I had completely forgotten. Talking to my ...more
Being a small child in the 1970's there were a few things I remembered, but a lot that I did not.
Attitudes about things like smoking, drinking, sunbathing were definitely a LOT different to today.
Richard Glover made this a very entertaining walk into recent history... and how things have changed over the years.
I’m giving this to my man-bunned millenial son for xmas just to prove that his life is pretty bloody good.
This book! I haven’t enjoyed a non-fiction book this much since…hhmmm…maybe ever? It’s an absolute lark. Hilarious, yet at times a shade horrific, but ultimately always stunningly honest. I was born ...more
I do remember, and this was the 70s, being at Lismore Teachers College and observing the ordered rows of avocado trees on the hills of Wollongbar as I travelled to Byron to catch the waves at Wategos and The Pass.
Those of my generation will smile, snigger and even laugh at parts of this book, especially where he describes the food and fashions of the time.
I thought the ...more