Secondhand. Good condition. Ex library book with external stickers removed. Protective plastic covering. Partial date due slip on inside. Some wear to page corners. Book is clean and binding is still very good.
In the of winter 1946, the British aircraft carrier, HMS Victorious, was modified to ensure the safe passage of over 600 Australian war brides from Sydney to Plymouth. The reverberations of WWII were still being felt around the world, but for these women, the trip of a lifetime lay ahead and the chance to finally begin their married lives with their British husbands on the other side of the world.
Catherine Dyson has brought together the stories of seventeen of these women. Delightful, funny and sad tales emerge the tumult of the era, the fear of leaving home, the highlights of the sea voyage, the conditions onboard, the emotional experience of stepping into a future unknown. Each woman remembers the time from subtly and sometimes strikingly different perspectives. From Woolloomooloo to Fremantle, then on to Colombo and beyond, the voyage would prove a rite of passage for many who previously had never left their hometowns, let alone dreamt of foreign shores.
On their arrival in Britain, the women faced the coldest winter for fifteen years and stricter rationing than they had experienced during the war years. The women look back on their lives with the honesty and humour that time brings. They came from all walks of life, but for all, the journey would change their lives forever. Swing By, Sailor captures their story with immediacy, momentum, and great feeling. (publisher blurb)