Three Boys and Their Books: Victoria Purman’s Mother’s Day Message About Her Sons and The Books They Read

Three Boys and Their Books: Victoria Purman’s Mother’s Day Message About Her Sons and The Books They Read

About the author:

Victoria Purman is a multi-published, award-nominated, Amazon Kindle-bestselling author. She has worked in and around the Adelaide media for nearly thirty years as an ABC television and radio journalist, a speechwriter to a premier, political adviser, editor, media adviser and private-sector communications consultant. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals, has been nominated for a number of readers choice awards and was a judge in the fiction category for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Her most recent novels are The Three Miss Allens, published in 2016, The Last of the Bonegilla Girls (2018) and The Land Girls (2019).

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Words // Victoria Purman

I am a mother to three adult sons and no, I don’t know how that happened, either.

One minute they were all little boys, building Lego and holding my hand in public and then seemingly overnight they are all over six-foot-tall and driving cars.

Where do those years go? In my mind, I trace the passage of their childhoods through the books they loved.

My childhood favourites were theirs, too: Harry The Dirty Dog, Madeline, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Where the Wild Things Are and every book Dr Seuss ever wrote, although I Wish That I Had Duck Feet was a firm favourite for years. We wore out Cowboy Pup (a fun book bought cheaply from a supermarket which featured a furry dog’s head stuck in the middle of it.) Here’s a taste: “Cowboy Pup’s an expert with a rope/He gets a lot of practice/He twirls his lasso in the air and loops it round a cactus”. (Why do I still know that but I can never find my phone?)

I knew Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French by heart for a few years there, as well as The Terrible Underpants by Kaz Cooke.

Then came Harry Potter, of course, which my husband read to each of the boys in turn, followed by The Hobbit. And when they were a little older, the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

When they began to borrow books themselves from the school library, it was Anthony Horowitz and Lemony Snicket and Derek Landy’s Skullduggery Pleasant series, and then it was the dreaded phase of The Books I Have to Read for School.

But the thing with kids is that they grow up. And that means they suddenly don’t want shelves full of ‘embarrassing and childish’ books cluttering up their rooms.

And now? I have one reader, and two who have turned away from books. I’m hoping it’s not forever.

And those books we loved? They’re on a shelf, out of sight, waiting for the day when my sons might pull them out to read to their own children.

That would make this mother very happy indeed.

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                      Synopsis

                      Melbourne,1942War has engulfed Europe and now the Pacific, and Australia is fighting for its future. For spinster Flora Atkins, however, nothing much has changed. Tending her dull office job and beloved brother and father, as well as knitting socks for the troops, leaves her relatively content. Then one day a stranger gives her brother a white feather and Flora's anger propels her out of her safe life and into the vineyards of the idyllic Mildura countryside, a member of the Australian Women's Land Army.There she meets Betty, a 17-year-old former shopgirl keen to do her bit for the war effort and support her beloved, and the unlikely Lilian, a well-to-do Adelaide girl fleeing her overbearing family and the world's expectations for her. As the Land Girls embrace their new world of close-knit community and backbreaking work, they begin to find pride in their roles. More than that, they start to find a kind of liberation. For Flora, new friendships and the singular joy derived from working the land offer new meaning to her life, and even the possibility of love.But as the clouds of war darken the horizon, and their fears for loved ones - brothers, husbands, lovers - fighting at the front grow, the Land Girls' hold on their world and their new-found freedoms is fragile. Even if they make it through unscathed, they will not come through unchanged...
                      Victoria Purman
                      About the author

                      Victoria Purman

                      Victoria Purman is a multi-published, award-nominated, Amazon Kindle-bestselling author. She has worked in and around the Adelaide media for nearly thirty years as an ABC television and radio journalist, a speechwriter to a premier, political adviser, editor, media adviser and private-sector communications consultant. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals, has been nominated for a number of readers choice awards and was a judge in the fiction category for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Her most recent novels are The Three Miss Allens, published in 2016, The Last of the Bonegilla Girls (2018) and The Land Girls (2019).

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