Title: One Minute Crying Time
Authors: Ewing, Barbara
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 333
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Barbara Ewing's diaries of her childhood and teenage years in the 1950s and early 1960s provide the basis for this poignant memoir, recalling a very different New Zealand from the one we live in today. From these earnest entries of growing up in Auckland and Wellington, this renowned actress and writer has revisited these memories, now enhanced by the insight and understanding that comes with age and distance, and illuminating them with a contemporary perspective.

Moving and engrossing, this heartfelt revisiting of one's younger self lays bare the foundations of a life, and encourages contemplation of just how society has changed.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I loved this book. I appreciated her balance of privacy and disclosure - cleverly done."

"Barbara immersed herself in all cultures. She presents a lovely picture of a 'whole' New Zealander."

"The writing flows easily and creates images of people, places and situations."

"My age coincides with the author's and so the book sparked all kinds of half-forgotten memories of how things were."

"A fascinating, complex and multi-layered blend of personal and family history."

"The book appears to be written from the heart, using hindsight but also using diary entries to good effect."

Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Historical, Letters/Diaries, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, 2022 Titles - Coming Soon


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