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Born in Hamilton in 1950 with a penchant for drama, Anne Manchester was perplexed by her remote mother and frustrated by the strictures of a post-war upbringing. She launched into university life at full tilt, demonstrating against the Vietnam War, waitressing in Suzy’s Coffee Lounge, losing her virginity to a gay man, taking part in university revues with Roger Hall and, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 2020 by Wayfarer
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Mar 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
Anyone could have written this book. It is just a hodgepodge of reflections and rambling stories about the author's life. Stories that aren't all that interesting or different than most people I know. Very fast paced and not a lot of reflection. I found it boring and was not able to finish it because I just didn't care about her love life, high school, trips to London, jobs, etc. I'm surprised to learn that she is a trained writer due the rambling and I could never figure out what the point of t ...more
Chaucey Ellis
Feb 18, 2021 added it
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It was quick and easy to read. Writer is local so I recognised a lot of people/places in her writing.
Being a memoir it's a bit hard to separate the story from the story-teller. Unfortunately the writer has political/social/religious opinions on many things that are quite opposite to my own views, so I did find myself getting a bit frustrated whilst reading this.
It will make for a good bookclub discussion though - the contentious books always get our groups conversation flowing.
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A refreshing memoir of a life lived in New Zealand and the UK. Anne tells her stories with insight and humour, happy to share the realities of how she grew up in a situation that wasn't perfect but found inspiration and support in all sorts of people. She emerges with a strong sense of who she is in the world and what might be the most important things to hand on to the coming generations. ...more
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