Jan Smith Confessions of a Homegrown Alien

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Confessions of a Homegrown Alien

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CONFESSIONS OF A HOMEGROWN ALIEN: An Australian Memoir
You can take a girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl, especially not a farmer’s daughter from Australia’s most alien state, and even before WW2, Jan Smith, voracious reader and precocious enquirer, was pretty sure folks Down South had got things horribly wrong, not just about Queensland, but how the world worked. Despite their faith in linear progress, it would be the same old cyclic story which had been going on since the days of the Greek myths. The Age of Aquarius would be a double edged sword.
Horrifyingly funny, uniquely perceptive, and packed with sub-text, Confessions of a Homegrown Alien traces eighty years of cultural imperialism, world-class misogyny and petty snobbery in the Lucky Country through her relationships with real foreigners encountered along the way, at home and abroad, who enriched her life immeasurably.
If you’re old enough to think she was right, this book will ensure hours of schadenfreude. If you’re still young enough to learn a few tricks about staying true to your beliefs and values, it could save you untold misery. A book for everyone who ever needed to pass as normal.

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Chapter 1 - Eumundi, 1930s
Chapter 2 - Origins
Chapter 3 - WW2: Working for the YankeeDollar
Chapter 4 - St Margaret's, 1948-1951
Chapter 5 -University of Queensland, 1952-3
Chapter 6 - Journalism: The Courier-Mail and The Longreach Leader
Chapter 7 - Woman's Day, Sydney
Chapter8 - An Unnatural Wife and Mother
Chapter9 - Abroad
Chapter 10 - Seriously Foreign
Chapter 11 -1970sEx-expatriate Blues, Sydney
Chapter 12 - Motherhood Revisited
Chapter 13 - The Eighties - Personal Best
Chapter 14 - Greed is Good  to Me - AustralianBusiness (1987-1990)
Chapter 15 - Downtime
Chapter 16 - Good Again (1997-1999)
Chapter 17 - Millennium Days - University ofSydney 1999-2002
Chapter 18 - RootsRevisited - Eumundi
Chapter 19 - Conclusion

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