Aunts Up the Cross

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Aunts Up the Cross Introduction by Clive JamesMy great Aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty five The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been misse

  • Title: Aunts Up the Cross
  • Author: Robin Dalton
  • ISBN: 9780855617301
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Introduction by Clive JamesMy great Aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty five The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction.Growing up in the 1930s in a grand old home in Sydney s bohemian Kings Cross,Introduction by Clive JamesMy great Aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty five The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction.Growing up in the 1930s in a grand old home in Sydney s bohemian Kings Cross, Robin Dalton experienced a childhood of curiosity and wonder Raised by a bevy of idiosyncratic aunts and a revolving door of unconventional houseguests, Dalton recalls a time when children had real adventures in a world not easy but perhaps less complicated than today s.With a gentle warmth and wicked wit, Robin Dalton brings to life all the colour, glamour and charm of Australian society between the wars Steeped in nostalgia, Aunts Up the Cross is a delightfully funny memoir of family, childhood and an Australia of yesteryear.Robin Dalton was born in Sydney, and has lived in London since 1946 She has been a television performer, an intelligence agent, a literary agent and a film producer Madame Souzatska starring Shirley Maclaine Oscar and Lucinda starring Cate Blanchett , as well as an author Her 1965 account of her childhood in Kings Cross, Aunts up the Cross remains an Australian classic The previously unpublished My Relations will be released in 2015.

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    1. Jola on said:

      The amplitude of my emotional response to 'Aunts Up the Cross' was as weird as the book itself: from hysterical laughter to feeling awkward, to put it gently.Review to come.

    2. Debbie Robson on said:

      Aunts Up the Cross is a delight! Take for instance the famous first paragraph:"My great Aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty-five. The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction." In only 22,000 words Dalton recreates a time that has long gone. It is a time where very elderly women can just decide to stay in bed most of the da [...]

    3. Kimbofo on said:

      My great-aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was eighty-five. The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction.So begins Robin Dalton’s Aunts Up the Cross, setting the scene for an often outrageously funny — and always delightful — memoir about her childhood in the 1920s and ’30s. The Cross of the title is Sydney’s Kings Cross, [...]

    4. Calzean on said:

      This memoir does have a couple of great opening sentences. After that it is not about the wirting it is about Dalton's childhood in Kings Cross. There is a big family and a set of eccentric characters including a man who came for dinner and stayed for 17 years. This is no great coming of age story and there are no single event that moulded her life, rather this is a book about a distinct time and place in Australian history.

    5. Annette on said:

      Picked this up from a charity shop sellout. First published 1965. I couldn’t resist the telling of maiden aunts in Kings Cross, Sydney, in times gone by. How is this for an opening para:"My great-aunt Juliet was knocked over and killed by a bus when she was 85. The bus was travelling very slowly in the right direction and could hardly have been missed by anyone except Aunt Juliet, who must have been travelling fairly fast in the wrong direction."

    6. Patricia on said:

      I'm on a memoir reading (and writing!) kick at the moment and this is a great contribution to the genre. Robin Dalton's family must have been an absolute hoot, especially her father. I loved reading about the Kings Cross where my mother shopped in the 1940s when I was a baby and recognising the remnants of those days in my own memories. I suspect Dalton didn't have the assistance of an experienced editor, not that she needed one. She has a great facility with language: her work flows easily and [...]

    7. Lulu on said:

      A delightful memoir of the author’s recollections of her childhood, with all the inconsistencies and truncated knowledge of a child’s limited point of view. (Australian galahs are pink and grey: the sulphur-crested cockatoo is all white with yellow feathers adorning the head) Dalton recounts the drama and the comedy of the life that swirled around her, peopled with eccentric characters (mainly members of her family) and filled with snippets of events which ordinarily might rarely befall fami [...]

    8. Angus Mcfarlane on said:

      This is a hidden gem which recaptures the Australia of yesteryear, albeit one more zany than many experienced. I felt some kind of connection with the story even though I am relatively removed from the situation - none of my family were Jewish, nor did I experience the 1930s, or ww2, or grow up in a house which doubled as a surgery. But I did grow up in Sydney, and remember a number of my great aunts, who in general seemed to exude a degree of eccentricity. And there was some Irish heritage in t [...]

    9. Brona's Books on said:

      Aunts Up the Cross by Robin Dalton read like historical fiction (being set in Kings Cross, Sydney between the wars) but it was in fact a memoir. Perhaps because Dalton wrote the book in the 1960's, and was therefore looking back on her life from a bit of a distance, there were romantic, nostalgic, story-like elements to it.Dalton's childhood sounded fairly chaotic and madcap. A bevy of elderly aunts and uncles, a cast of weird and wonderful characters and some bizarre deaths. Her dad was the loc [...]

    10. Kristine on said:

      Amusing reminiscences and anecdotes of a childhood in Kings Cross. Inconsistencies (e.g. we had no pets, then stories about pets) and errors (e.g. galahs described as white birds with pink crests) were somewhat distracting, but a reasonably well written and easy to read memoir.

    11. Luke on said:

      This slim work is a collection of reminiscences of Robin Dalton's childhood in a now-vanished Kings Cross. It's brief, but reads entertainingly well, a collision of multiculturalism and religion with crime, the theatre and a distinct feeling of familial uniqueness. There's spinster aunts, simple neighbours and a passing parade in a house which feels more like a cabaret than a homestead - but it's never stuck in a self-congratulatory gear. It seems fairly standard with reviews of this work to men [...]

    12. Felicity on said:

      Aunts Up The Cross more than lived up to it's famous opening paragraph! Eccentric, funny, honest and a down to earth gem, it had me smiling most of the time, shaking my head occasionally, and laughing out loud suddenly and often. I'd give my last two bob to live in a household of such loveable, irritating individuals. Robin's father was the runaway favourite character for me in spite of it being about The Aunts! Didn't want it to end.

    13. Portia Andrew on said:

      I was delighted when I won this book late last year in an online contest run by Text Publishing. This memoir is far too short. It is populated by lovely and lively anecdotes from a crazy, eccentric family.

    14. Peter Wood on said:

      Funny, irreverent and although written over 50 years ago, still exceptionally modern. Highly recommended.

    15. George on said:

      A very short, witty, concisely written memoir. Her father, a hard working doctor was quite a fun guy.

    16. Karin on said:

      A lovely little book about a large eccentric family, very funny at times!

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