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Here There & Away

Voices of the families of those who served

Rated 4.55 out of 5 based on 20 customer ratings
(20 customer reviews)
01/Mar/2013
Defence families
320
Paperback
9781922132161
$19.99

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Here, There & Away is a unique collection of entertaining stories from the families who support our service men and women. Spanning the three branches of the Australian Defence Force this is a literary first.

The stories cover the period from World War 1 to more recent times, and celebrate the love, care and support given by and to members of the wider defence family as well as the resilience required in diverse locations and situations.

Some stories will tug at the heart strings while others are funny in the extreme. Many touch on significant historical events. There are a number of stories that will surprise and enlighten – all within a gentler context than the normal genre of military history. The reader will be left pondering and maybe even enticed to further explore some aspects of Australian military history.

The stories in Here, There & Away poignantly depict the ups and downs of everyday life for military families in times of war and peace, but they also reflect many aspects of life experienced by the wider community. This collection is an important contribution to Australian social and military history, and an entertaining and uplifting book for readers of all ages.

20 reviews for Here There & Away

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    This book was interesting and fun to read and taught me a lot about my family’s past. My favourite story was the one about my dad, when he was 2 and the Packer was Packing his toys way.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    A great read! What interesting and varied lives these people have had. I am not an avid reader of military histories but I learned a lot through reading these stories. We owe these “unsung heroes” a lot.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have read the stories written about how families reacted to the many changes in their lives while their husbands were serving with the armed services. It was all summed up in the title of Rosemary Francis’ story Learning Resilience , for that is what had to happen. Today’s wives are better looked after, receive more consideration from the Defence Force hierarchy and have much better accommodation than was possible back in the 50s and 60s. There are many medals struck to honour our servicemen and women while they served in the Defence Force – sometimes the true heroes were the wives who soldiered on at home with inadequate housing, managing changes of schools (and friends) for their children and generally keeping the home fires burning. The stories in this book are a good cross section of how the families coped in often difficult circumstances.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    A superb book and very well done. My family each have their own copy and now have an understanding of how many different families had to cope with their family, with so many different issues.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    “Here, There & Away is such a clever title that says it all. Thank you so much for giving so many of us the chance to tell our stories. Such a wonderful opportunity that can work wonders for the soul.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    My friend’s mother said it has brought back such lovely memories for her. Sounds like this could be a best seller!! More importantly it is great to hear about the joy it is bringing into so many people’s lives.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thanks for your excellent book Here, There and Away. Cath and I found the book very touching – a fitting tribute to service families. It’s a gem!

  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    I found many of the earlier stories a little horrifying, because of the hardships with moving and settling etc. but all told quite cheerfully. The later ones were very interesting, those that had overseas postings etc. I always wished, when I lived and grew up in Canberra, to have some sort of entree to the Duntroon set, i.e. the cadets, but it never seemed to happen, even though my best friend met and married her husband there, just before I left for College overseas. After reading some of the stories, I don’t think I would have enjoyed that life of wandering and being posted here and there, with not too much help….However, what a good idea to put this together with all the contributions from others. What a good job you did here I did enjoy the book, a wonderful achievement!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Congratulations on a great book, it brings back so many memories both happy and sad. I bought four copies for Christmas presents and have had excellent feedback.

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    I have received my copy of the book. I was quite (but pleasantly) surprised that my story was so near the beginning. I have been reading it all morning. The stories are very interesting and we can all relate to them in some way. I am sure it will be a success.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Looks good – will enjoy. Congratulations to you and the others in the team.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    I just wanted to congratulate everyone for the great job they have done in getting the book published. I like the stories and also the illustrations. The stories all brought back memories for me of times past and I’m sure many other wives will look back and remember too.

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    It is a thrill to see it all in print.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    A superb book and very well done. My family each have their own copy and now have an understanding of how many different families had to cope with their family, with so many different issues.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Congratulations to you and your team for producing a book with such stories – I have read about a dozen of them already and am heartened that women other than myself had to adjust to ‘Army life’ and how strong they were in surviving the absence of their husbands on overseas postings. Some stories have a familiarity about them for anyone who survived moving from married quarter to married quarter and having their children’s education disrupted because of differing State education systems. I look forward to reading the rest of the stories over the Christmas break. Thank you for all the time and effort that went into this publication.

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Very well produced and printed.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have read the stories written about how families reacted to the many changes in their lives while their husbands were serving with the armed services. It was all summed up in the title of Rosemary Francis’ story Learning Resilience, for that is what had to happen. Today’s wives are better looked after, receive more consideration from the Defence Force hierarchy and have much better accommodation than was possible back in the 50s and 60s. There are many medals struck to honour our servicemen and women while they served in the Defence Force – sometimes the true heroes were the wives who soldiered on at home with inadequate housing, managing changes of schools (and friends) for their children and generally keeping the home fires burning. The stories in this book are a good cross section of how the families coped in often difficult circumstances

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    A much needed insight into the lives of service families. Thank you for this important collection of personal stories.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    I was able to read ‘Here, There and Away’ in the company of my mother, a RAF daughter and RN wife, I am a British Army now RAN wife. We laughed and cried at so many of the stories, the one about the deaf gunnery officer had us in stitches. As the stories often mirrored our own experiences it allowed us to talk about our own military trials, tribulations and faux pars. I heard stories from my mother’s courtship that I had not heard before and I do hope that this book will encourage more military families to tell their stories, because to us what is ‘normal’, our non-military friends often express wonder at what we have done. This book would be a wonderful gift for a new family joining the military and for those working with military families this is a book that they must read. Camilla Kerr-Ruston Founder Overseas Recruit Families Information & Support

  20. Rated 4 out of 5

    ‘Almost all military histories are told from the standpoint of those who left these shores to serve their country overseas. This book does the opposite – written from the standpoint of those who were forced to wait at home for their loved ones to return. It’s a collection of stories from the families of ex-servicemen. Comprising short and pithy stories, ranging from just a few paragraphs to no more than 1000 words. This is an unusual book and a very good one.’!

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