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.”
With the unexpected discovery of all the correspondence sent back to her family, our mother's letters graphically brought back all the memories of our 'Good Adventure' -
a phrase which she coined and used in her very first letter.
It is in her memory that my brother and I decided to put together these letters which are complemented by all the original photographs, postcards and paraphernalia sent along with the letters.
Good Adventure is a perfect-bound 'coffee-table' paperback book. It is printed in black and white with
a full-colour cover and a high quality matt laminate finish. It runs to over 270 pages and contains a comprehensive index and list of illustrations, of which there are over 140. The print run is limited, so order your copy now to avoid disappointment!
Click on the adjacent book to view sample pages.
It is also available in electronic Kindle format -
go to Amazon.co.uk to purchase it there.
Transcribing the letters was no easy task! Our mother's handwriting and the effects of time and mildew rendered
the odd paragraph somewhat challenging, but she wrote
as she spoke, so understanding them was quite intuitive.
It was amazing how many photographs had been sent -
and kept safe. Many airmail envelopes stated ominously:
"If anything is enclosed, letter will be sent by ordinary mail"! In the further interest of minimising the postage charges, airmail letters were as thin as toilet paper, adding to their fragility, so the ink on one side was clearly visible from the other, adding to the difficulty in reading them at times.
But the combination of our mother's account of our life in Australia and the related photos showing how we were
getting along, come together in 'Good Adventure' to tell
the story of our time 'Down Under' quite vividly.
Although I was too young to remember, my brother Nigel, five years my senior, has always possessed the most extraordinary memory as well as remarkable literary ability. His interspersed narrative has provided anecdote, context and continuity, but the letters literally speak