I must say that after reading this book, I am proud to be an Australian. I am also glad that I was born in the 1950s, as I believe we had most of the fun. The young people of today, unfortunately, rely on technology to entertain them. If that doesn?t work, they can always go out and get pissed. This book goes back to the grass roots of life during those heady days and what it was like to make an honest quid. In those days, it may have been difficult to earn a crust, but you could always have a good time. The author, Dorothy, says that some of her stories are fictional, but I believe that this could be a trip down memory lane for Dorothy and the life she has lived. This is a fond tribute to the people she knew, met and lived with, and she affectionately tells stories of life at her parents? home when she was young. For instance, her father had to shift the dunny when the hole in the backyard was full. She didn?t want to think about what was planted in the old holes, but speaks fondly of their beautiful fresh veges and fruit. I also love her mock shopping list which didn?t include the things we buy today, as most of the family?s food was homegrown. Dorothy went into working a pub later on in life and most of her stories are centred around this part of her life. If you?re like me and enjoy an odd schooner at the local rubbity-dub, you will relate to the stories she tells. There?s no better place to meet genuine characters than in a pub. In fact, if you are a wowser and never entered your local, you?ll love this story, as you will discover what you?ve missed out on all those years. Dorothy has taken the time to do what I think most people should do, and that is sharing her life stories. I believe there are many stories out there that have been lost because most people never put pen to paper. I sincerely hope that these Australian stories keep coming. I sometimes shudder when I think of the type of stories that may come from the generation that is now reaching ?maturity?. ?Dorothy?s written a great book of memories from an era that has now passed ? it is only through the thoughts of this Aussie author that we have the opportunity to relive the past and share the simple things in life - our treasured memories?.
From growing up after the Second World War in Western Australia where the chooks were psychotic and the dunny was dangerous, to serving beers to the miners from the Kalgoorlie goldfields, Read more about “Behind The Pub Door”