My Marian Year

My Marian Year is a delightful reminiscence of a year in the life of a ten year old Catholic boy growing up in Auckland in 1954. All who lived through these times will love this book with its rich observation of every crevice of a child’s upbringing then. The joys hardships and complexities of home school church shops workplaces transport and entertainment are rendered in vivid detail. Everything is described with care from the washing cooking cleaning dining recycling gardening preserving playing and relaxing to school family community and religious observances that characterized the passing year.

My Marian Year, Robert Philip Bolton, 9780473150839


My Marian Year - My Marian Year, Robert Philip Bolton, 9780473150839
My Marian Year, Robert Philip Bolton, 9780473150839
My Marian Year
My Marian Year is a delightful reminiscence of a year in the life of a ten year old Catholic boy, growing up in Auckland in 1954. All who lived through these times will love this book, with its rich observation of every crevice of a child’s upbringing then. The joys, hardships and complexities of home, school, church, shops, workplaces, transport and entertainment are rendered in vivid detail. Everything is described with care from the washing, cooking, cleaning, dining, recycling, gardening, preserving, playing and relaxing, to school, family, community and religious observances that characterized the passing year.
Who can forget knuckle bones, marbles and other games and toys, school milk, Guy Fawkes, close of school and Christmas preparations. Remember the way disability was dealt with, dentistry and doctoring, alcohol and entertainment? Simple aspects of life such as the provision of meat and poultry are described in such detail that you can feel the saw-dusted floor of the butchery, see the changing shape of the block, smell the hanging meat.
From the misery of calculating in pounds, shillings and pence to the joy of finding ‘spare bread’ at the dairy, or seeing the Rawleigh’s man at the door; everything is scrutinized with childlike intensity and with an easy flow that keeps the reader fully engaged throughout.
This book is not to be missed.
  • ISBN: 9780473150839
  • Published: March 2019
  • Pages: 280
  • Dimensions: 210x148mm
Soft cover Soft cover
NZ$ 35.00



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