This frank and searching narrative is in fact a compelling
social document. The author demonstrates a remarkable
ability to recall the details of her life in the middle of the
20th century in Australia, and to construct from her joys and sorrows
a memoir that is warm, thoughtful and inspirational.
School Days of a Methodist Lady: A journey through girlhood
In 1958, Jill left her home in the Victorian town of Kyabram to attend Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) as a boarder. In this coming-of-age memoir she interleaves her MLC story with lively vignettes of her early school years, the family newsagency, church, and country community life. This is a deeply personal account of teenage struggles with parental and sibling relationships and with MLC’s discipline, study demands, tough living conditions and rigorous religious education. Jill’s daily life as a school boarder, her rebellions, emotional highs and lows, and encounters with Dr Wood, MLC’s charismatic principal and pastor, are described with honesty, hilarity and sharp critical insight.
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