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The Kid From Port Douglas-bookcover

By: Sandra Penny McCallum

The Kid From Port Douglas

Pages: 176 Ratings: 5.0
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You are transported into this huge-hearted girl’s world and gasp at the earthy honesty of a child condemned to a life of hard-working business-owning parents as she goes on to unfold the similarities in her own eventual career and life path. Some of the stories will break the hardest of hearts or produce the heartiest belly laughter. The author has an easy literary style whilst also embracing some controversially high-brow topics, in contrast, emerging as infamous winners of reality TV. Military parade life, travel petty officers and parade grounds, Switzerland, Kensington High Street, Port Douglas, Hotels, Mareeba and Wales. Also some incredible stories of family war heroes; of Changi Prison and the Red Baron. And of Taffy Lloyd, the last man on the beach in Dunkirk. Every page has its own charm, you will consider it a well-chosen book, so curious reader, enjoy. 

Sandra Penny McCallum, the Australian-born author of this earthy autobiography, calls herself a global gypsy and murmurs jestfully of her current exile in the Algarve of Portugal, having left Australia 20 years ago. This wonderful time and place have inspired the need to write as a catharsis well overdue. This book was inspired by an exhilarating life story and an interest in pre-history, a fascination and study of aspects of the English Renaissance, and some incredible life stories.

Customer Reviews
8 reviews
8 reviews
  • Cclark

    This was such a lovely story about the adventures of a young girl growing up. The story sometimes made me laugh and other times I was crying. I could not put this book down. It was a delightful story.

  • Coral Sharman

    Such a wonderful insight into life growing up in rural Australia and then much, much more.
    I started reading and read all night, but couldn't put it down until I had no more pages left at 5 am. I will read it again many times, a true gem.

  • C irvine

    What a great read, from start to finish. Very well written. Highly recommended.

  • Dorcas Ives Watson

    I grew up with Sandra. I've even scored a few words in this delightful book. Thank you Old Bean. Love from the Dorky always.

  • Joanne

    Brilliant read. Sandra McCallum certainly knows how to re-create her life experiences into a book which is very hard to put down. Be warned. Once you open the front cover, be prepared to not be able to put it down until the end. Absolutely fabulous.

  • Barbara

    I couldn’t put the book down it is so well written.

  • Lauren

    Have just finished reading this book. It was captivating and entertaining. Sandra certainly has a way with words. Her self reflection really touched me. Sandra seems to have found peace and meaning in her writing and poetry. It really comes through in the poems at the end.

  • John Cooper

    I ordered the book through my Port Douglas Library and have just finished reading it. Sandra has a unique style, a very captivating one, and wants you to keep searching for more. As a long-time (47) years resident in Port Douglas, I can relate to so much of Sandra's life story; plus, I learned so much more. Congratulations Sandra You've done yourself proud.

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