Playwright George Hutchinson’s memoir relives life in Sydney’s west
Author and international playwright George Hutchinson has written The Best Years of Your Life, a memoir that covers the first 15 years of his life from 1930 to 1945, exploring a time of great and global change.
George’s boyhood is set in an age of innocence framed by the legacy of the Great Depression and later by World War II.
Growing up in western Sydney, George brings to life times when they made stagecoaches out of wicker prams; digging an air-raid shelter in the backyard for protection from Japanese bombs; re-living bawdy and popular songs and parodies; the daily shopping, which he did every day after school because refrigerators were rare; and collecting golf balls from a mud swamp and selling them to buy lollies and hot chips.
In The Best Years of Your Life, George reflects on those formative years and shares a personal view of a world and a way of life that is now history.
Later in life when George was a full-time playwright, London’s Sunday Telegraph declared his play, ‘No Room for Dreamers’ as the best fringe play of the 1980 Edinburgh Festival. It was also included on the NSW HSC Reading List.
Reviewer, John Morrow said of it: “You don’t have to know Sydney to enjoy this wonderful story and relish the stories told by this talented writer.”
The book is available from bookstores all over Australia.
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