Me ‘n’ Pete – Recalling a Fifties Childhood

Barwon Rd Gang Cover 2AGerard Charles Wilson

Due early 2016

This is the third book in the family history series 1946-1953 due 2016.

The 1950s, as those who lived through them would know, were so different from the first decades of the new century that they now seem like another world – a world of social and moral values directly opposed to those of the present. In the social atmosphere of today it seems hard to imagine it possessed any real social and moral coherence.

The author, a pretty ordinary fifties boy – perhaps a little naughtier than most – looks back on those years, telling the story as much about the world he grew up in as about himself. Among other things, he seeks an explanation about why he maintained features of that world, in particular his religious beliefs, when so many of his contemporaries not only jettisoned them, but came to despise and feel ashamed of what once was. These reflections are an important part of the reminiscences of the author and his life-long best friend Pete.

The author continues to trace cultural continuities and those events that made him and his family what they are.

Me ‘n’ Pete, the third book in the family history series, will be released before book two because the author’s first writing about the family was intended to be a childhood memoir. After a great deal of writing he found that he had to expand the fifties memoir into a full family history beginning with the first ancestors in Australia. The second book  will appear later in 2016.

THE COVER PHOTO: The Lane Cove Gang from left to right: Christine, John & Peter Allison, Michael, me (with my tongue out!) and Marie, and Mum holding Narelle. Taken in December 1949.



Writer … and still in the fifties