Baby boomer books & references



Jill Ker Conway, The Road from Coorain, Minerva, 1989.

Manning Clark, The Puzzles of Childhood, Penguin Books, 1989.

Peter FitzSimons, A Simpler Time, Harper Collins, 2010.

Donald Horne, The Education of Young Donald, Angus & Robertson, 1967.

Clive James, Unreliable Memoirs, Jonathon Cape Ltd, 1980.

Tom Keneally, Homebush Boy: A Memoir, Minerva, 1995.

Hugh Lunn, Over the Top with Jim, Hodder Headline, 1990.

Hugh Lunn, Head Over Heels, University of Queensland Press, 1992.

William McInnes, A Man’s Got to have a Hobby: Long Summers with my Dad, Hodder Australia, 2005

Kathy Skelton, Miss Gymkhana, R.G. Menzies and Me, McPhee Gribble, 1990.

Sandy Thorne, Bonzer, Penguin Group (Australia), 2013.

Charles Waterstreet, Precious Bodily Fluids: A Larrikin’s Memoir, Hodder Headline Australia, 1998.

Charles Waterstreet, Repeating the Leaving: An Unauthorised Memoir, Hodder Headline Australia, 2001.


Vincent Buckley, Cutting Green Hay: Friendships, Movements and Cultural Conflicts in Australia’s Great Decades, Penguin Books, 1983.

Manning Clark, The Quest for Grace, Penguin Books, 1990.

Geoffrey Dutton, Out in the Open: An Autobiography, University of Queensland Press, 1994.

Barry Humphries, My Life as Me: A Memoir, Penguin Books, 2002.

Donald Horne, Portrait of an Optimist, Penguin Books, 1988.

Donald Horne, Confessions of a New Boy, Penguins Books Australia, 1985.

Clive James, Falling Towards England (Unreliable Memoirs Continued), Guild Publishing London, 1985.

Hugh Lunn, Working for Rupert, Hodder Headline Australia, 2001.’

David Malouf, 12 Edmondstone Street, Penguin Books, 1985.

Andrew Riemer, Sandstone Gothic: Confessions of an Accidental Academic, Allen & Unwin, 1998.

Anne Summers, Ducks on the Pond: An Autobiography 1945-1976, Penguin Books Australia, 1999.

Patrick White, Flaws in the Glass: A Self-Portrait, Penguin Books, 1981.

Morris West, A View from the Ridge: The Testimony of a Pilgrim, Harper Collins Publishers, 1996.


Judy Judd, Life and Limb, Horwitz Grahame, 1987.

Arthur Manning, Larger than Life: The Story of Eric Baume, A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1967.

Lew Wright, The Jack Davey Story, Ure Smith, 1961.


Bob Byrne, Australia Remembers When, NewSouth Publishing, 2015.

Robert Opie, The Robert Opie Fun of the Fifties: Ads, Fads and Fashions Michael O’Mara Books, 2016 (UK)

Helen Townsend, Baby Boomers: Growing up in Australia in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Simon Schuster Australia, 1988.


 Afternoon Light, Penguin Books, 1967.

The Forgotten People, Angus & Robertson, 1943. Reprinted by Jeparit Press, 1943.

Heather Henderson, Ed., Letters to My Daughter, Murdoch Books Australia, 2011.

The Measure of Years, Cassell Australia, 1970.

David Furse-Roberts, ed, Menzies: The Forgotten Speeches, Jeparit Press, 2017. 

Speech is of Time, Cassell Australia, 1958.


Sir John Bunting, R.G. Menzies: A Portrait, Allen & Unwin, 1988.

Brain Carroll, The Menzies Years, Cassell Australia, 1977.

Cameron Hazlehurst, Menzies Observed, George Allen & Unwin Australia, 1979.

Anne Henderson, Menzies at War, NewSouth Publishing, 2014.

Gerard Henderson, Menzies Child: The Liberal Party of Australia, Harper Collins, 1994.

Heather Henderson, A Smile for My Parents, Allen & Unwin, 2013.

Edgar Holt, Politics is People: The Men of the Menzies Era, Angus & Robertson, 1969.

John Howard, The Menzies Era, Harper Collins, 2014.

Sir Percy Joske, Sir Robert Menzies 1894-1978: A New Informal Memoir, Angus & Robertson, 1978.

Kevin Perkins, Menzies: The Last of the Queen’s Men, Rigby Ltd, 1968.


James Franklin, Corrupting the Youth: A History of Philosophy in Australia,  Macleay Press, 2003.

Stella Lees & June Senyard, The 1950s, How Australia Became a Modern Society, and Everyone Got a House and a Car, Hyland House, 1987.

John Murphy, Imagining the Fifties: Private Sentiment and Political Culture in Menzies’ Australia, University of New South Wales Press, 2000.

John Murphy & Judith Smart, The Forgotten Fifties: Aspects of Australian Society and Culture in the 1950s, Melbourne University Press, 1997.

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Edmund Campion, Rockchoppers, Penguin Books, 1982.

Edmund Campion, Australian Catholics, Penguin Books Australia, 1987.

James Franklin, Catholic Values, Connor Court Publishing, 2006.

Chris Geraghty, Cassocks in the Wilderness: Remembering the Seminary at Springwood, Spectrum Publications, 2001.

Patrick O’Farrell, The Catholic Church and Community in Australia, Thomas Nelson (Australia), 1977.

B.A. Santamaria,  Against the Tide, Oxford University Press, 1981. 

K.J. Walsh, Yesterday’s Seminary: A History of St Patrick’s Manly, Allen & Unwin, 1998.


Writer … and still in the fifties