I Can Jump Puddles

Publisher details

I Can Jump Puddles
Author
Alan Marshall
Publisher
Penguin
Genre
Biography and Memoir
Released
01 January, 1955

Synopsis

It amazed me that they would imagine I would never walk again. I knew what I was going to do. I was going to break in wild horses and yell 'Ho! Ho!' and wave my hat in the air, and I was going to write a book like The Coral Island.Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past. I Can Jump Puddles is Alan Marshall's story of his childhood – a happy world in which, despite his crippling poliomyelitis, he plays, climbs, fights, swims, rides and laughs.His world was the Australian countryside early last century: rough-riders, bushmen, farmers and tellers of tall stories – a world held precious by the young Alan.I Can Jump Puddles is one of Australia's best loved books, and is known around the world. It was made into an award-winning film by Czechoslovakian director Karel Kachyna in 1970.#39 in  Australia's Top 100 Favourite Homegrown Reads
Alan Marshall
About the author

Alan Marshall

Alan Marshall was born in Noorat, Victoria in 1902 and educated in Terang. He lived in Melbourne for some time, and then travelled extensively around Australia. He recounted the story of his life and travels in a three-part autobiography: I Can Jump PuddlesThis is the Grass and In Mine Own Heart.

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                    1. Tony Whelan says:

                      I lived with my family in Panmure for a year, a hamlet between Warrnambool and Terang. The local swimming hole is the swimming hole mentioned in the book. It is the only outdoor natural swimming pool with a diving board. The pool is rich in eels, yabbies, platypuses and even thirsty koalas. Echidnas are common too. It is very popular with the locals and with German tourists who have heard of it via social media. Check it out. Entry to the pool is from the opposite side of the road where you can park your car and then you walk under the bridge. It is 5/5 for swimming.