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With bare feet and sandy toes: Growing up in Australia in the 1960s and 70s

Author(s): Catherine Berry

Location(s): Australia, Scotland

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1960s and 70s

Does looking back help you move forward? Not always. But, like Catherine’s first two memoirs, writing With bare feet and sandy toes: Growing up in Australia in the 1960s and 70s, came at the right time for her after a difficult period. Gusts of wind in the wild, sighs on the breeze, fluttering leaves, toes in the sand … it was a rejuvenating, soothing reconnection with her past. She found laughter and hope, felt the magic of innocent dreaming, and relived the frissons of first love. Perfect? No. But with their telling, even the tough memories re-wrote themselves as salient lessons, and illustrated that relationships—especially those between a parent and a child—are complicated, and that flaws and forgiveness go hand in hand.

Catherine’s story begins in the 1960s in Adelaide, Australia. Hers was a simple early life and whilst a caterpillar-to-butterfly transformation was not her lot, the socially awkward girl that was impressed upon her grew in self-belief and was given the confidence to wander and experience the sparkling facets of people and places.

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