Bruce Fisher (Forest Hills, Victoria, Australia)
“Nigel mate, my copy of ‘Good Adventure’ arrived on the 30th December. I have just finished the book, and I have to say, I didn't want it to finish! I wanted you and Tony to continue with your lives after your Mum and Dad’s letters and your young memories ended! Nigel, I felt every and
all emotions as I read the book, and admit the tears fell!
“Nigel, I commend you, Tony, Mum, Dad, and all your family for putting together a really
bloody Good Adventure!!!”
Ann Riddell (Burntwood, Staffordshire, England)
“Finished the book today Nigel. I absolutely loved it. The voyage over sounded like a first class cruise and your time in Australia was fantastic. I feel I've missed out on a wonderful time.
I'm glad you got to spend twelve months with your Nan before she died.
A ‘Good Adventure’ indeed - I hope your return trip lived up to expectations. Thank you."
Dr Sophie Couchman (Exhibition Curator Post WWII British Migration to Australia,
Humanities Department, Museums Victoria, Melbourne, Australia)
“I’m writing to thank you for alerting us to your book via the storyport website we’ve been using to gather stories of post WWII British migration to Australia. We’ve obtained a copy of the book and were delighted to read your account. We are currently in the process of selecting and shortlisting personal stories for our exhibition and are interested in the Crowther family story.
“I’m writing to see whether you would be agreeable if we used some of the material in your book and also perhaps reproductions of your mother’s and also Nigel’s letters in the exhibition? If we were to use your story we might also be interested in interviewing you and also your brother about your experiences in Australia and the impact that might have had (or not!) on your lives after your return to England. Would you be interested in participating in the exhibition in this way?”
Mathew Montebello (Assistant Principal, Williamstown Primary School, Victoria, Australia)
“We would love to promote your book and will do so through our social media platforms.
We thank you for your time and memories.”
Sally J (Kindle purchaser, Birmingham, England)
“An interesting piece of social history told through the letters of a mother and the memories
of a child, interspersed with the odd current event such as the Coronation of Elizabeth II.”
Sallie Morgan (Birmingham, England)
“. . I really enjoyed the book. It was a 'gentle book' - full of loving feelings and concern.”
Sylvia D (Cardiff, Wales)
“I loved your book. Couldn't put it down.”
Australia was a country full of wide open spaces, job opportunities, wonderful weather, vibrant cities and as early as the 1950s, a life which seemed a far cry from the gloom and depression of post-war Europe.
Some rationing was still in force, but the book relates how many kept their positive and hopeful belief that they would make good once they were in employment and comfortable accommodation of their own. The memories contained in ‘Good Adventure’ speak of more than satisfactory wages and work conditions, as well as opportunities to visit pleasant places and enjoy the beautiful beaches a few miles away.
This happy and optimistic theme, however, is revealed as the constant attempts of a mother to comfort her own parents in faraway Manchester, never really able to come to terms with their much-loved daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren being on the other side of the world, quite possibly for ever.
The book therefore has a tension between the genuinely happy and good adventure and the exaggeration of everything, especially concerning the two grandsons’ well being. These two were well out of sight, apart from the frequently posted photographs of their development, but never out of the grieving grandparents’ minds.
This book therefore gives the explanation as to why such
a family had so great a change of mind, returning to England only three years after arriving in Melbourne
to seek a new life.