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Pumpkin

Caroline Anne Butt

Publisher: Ginninderra Press

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‘Pumpkin is a sociological study – rather a case study, with all the warmth of the human experience of one family, and especially of one girl growing up in that family…’ – Betsy Wearing PhD 
‘This is a truly beautiful book, a post-war coming of age Sydney memoir…at a time of great societal change…rich in metaphor and life wisdom, very much of its time; lyrical, poetic, sometimes serious, sometimes sad and laugh-out-loud funny…complex, understated, warm-hearted…a highly religious, innocent, left-handed, nerdy girl growing up on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, in a non-affluent, stable and loving home.’ – Edwin Wilson FRAS

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