Thursday 28 March 2024

πŸ“– Blog Tour ~ Kookaburras, Cuppas and Kangaroos by S Bavey


12 December 2023

My thanks to the author for my copy of this book
Nd to Rachel’s Random Resources for the invitation to the blog tour

Fueled by her spirit for adventure and with her £10.00 ticket in hand, Elizabeth Isle leaves 1960s England, determined to see it all, not just Australia and New Zealand, but as much as she can on the way, too. She surrenders her passport to the Australian government and must find work to support herself on the other side of the world from her family and friends. There can be no going back for two years. Join this intrepid young woman on the adventure of her lifetime. Share her amazing experiences, discover what exotic animals await, get travel tips and meet her new friends through her letters home and over plenty of cups of tea. 

Beware - the travel bug might prove infectious!

πŸ“– My Review..

When Elizabeth Isle leaves England on the 'Assisted Passage Migration Scheme’ in February 1960 she is heading to Australia as a Ten Pound Pom. Leaving her home behind for at least two years Elizabeth is determined to make this the adventure of a lifetime and with sponsors whom she had never met, Elizabeth must learn to adjust to life in Fremantle very quickly. However her sponsors, John and Elsie Fawcett are kindly folk and soon make Elizabeth feel like part of the family.

Written in epistolary style with letters home to her family, and diary entries, we get a colourful glimpse of what life was like for Elizabeth, from her outward bound journey on the SS Orcades, to her return home some three years later and in between we experience Elizabeth’s life as she settles on the other side of the world. The memoir has a lovely light style to it, beautifully descriptive so that it was perfectly possible to view everything through Elizabeth’s eyes as she took in the vastness of the country, the warmth of the people and the surprising wildlife. I enjoyed very much observing an almost forgotten way of life and the freedom Elizabeth experienced during this unique opportunity to see somewhere different.

By recounting Elizabeth’s adventures down under, the author has paid a lovely tribute to her mother in such a memorable way that Elizabeth’s time as a Ten Pound Pom will live on forever in this travel memoir.

About the Author

Sue Bavey (writing as S. Bavey) a British mother of two teenagers, now living in Franklin, Massachusetts, having moved to the US in 2003. Writing as S. Bavey, she won a gold award from Readers’ Favorite for her grandfather’s biography: Lucky Jack (1894 – 2000), which she wrote during COVID lockdown. She also has a number of non-fiction stories published in various anthologies.

Kookaburras, Cuppas & Kangaroos is the story of her late mother’s emigration from Yorkshire to Australia in 1960 for three years, told via airmail letters and travel diary entries.

A free prequel to Kookaburras, Cuppas & Kangaroos”, called “A Yorkshire Lass: The Early Years” is available for free download from

Twitter / X @SueBavey

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