On the Coolakin
An Australian Country Childhood
by Thelma M. Atkins
Freemantle Arts Centre Press, 1993, [First Edition], ISBN 186368042, black and white photographs, paperback, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, minor rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, previous owners inscription on half title page, uncreased spine, dustjacket shows minor edge and shelf wear (see photographs)
“Neither unrelenting hardship nor rural idyll, Thelma Atkins’ farm childhood was an experience shared by thousands of Australians of her generation. While her father battled for twenty-six years trying to realise his dream of being a gentleman farmer, Thelma was making up her mind that she was a failure as a country girl and would never make a farmer’s wife.
The farm on the Coolakin Gully is gone, and even the roads are different, but Thelma’s memories remain, as fresh and vivid as if they happened yesterday. This is a story told with great charm and simplicity. Without bitterness or mawkish sentimentality, Thelma recalls a childhood that has now become part of our history.”