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A Review & Insight on “Goodbye Crackernight” by Justin Sheedy – Article by Neil Whitfield

26 March 2010

From Neil Whitfield’s Review of “Goodbye Crackernight”

I’ve just been delighted to find a recent review of Goodbye Crackernight by Neil Whitfield.  He provides some nice insights into the era that my story explores (the 70s) in relation to his own childhood (40s & 50s).  Though most resonant, I think, is his insight re our childhoods versus that of kids today…

An excerpt…

star_icons25 star_icons25star_icons25star_icons25 Goodbye Crackernight is a great read and great fun, though not without its moving moments and wry social comment.”

To read his full review, click HERE.

Howard Place, North Epping

Hats off to Neil that, of the two sections of my story that he quoted, one was of a day in my young life  from which I have never recovered:  The day my dad painted our Valiant LIME GREEN!  He even includes pics of Epping and Howard Place, (not only the suburban cul-de-sac setting for Goodbye Crackernight but the original site of the great Howard & Sons fireworks factory:  Any fireworks display – from the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932, New Year’s Eve or Royal Easter Show until the late 60s – THIS was where they came from.)

A warm thanks to Mr Whitfield.

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  1. 21 July 2010 7:02 pm

    Oh how fondly I remember Cracker night! Thoroughly enjoyed this snippet of your book. I will forward the link to some mates too!

    Do you remember a particular fire cracker that would be nailed to the telegraph post and when lit, it would spin around and around in a circle, spitting out technicolour streams as it did? it may have made a whirling sound too…I loved that. We lived in a street parallel to the Great Western Highway with large farms at one end of the street. It was wonderful. Lots of room for my two brothers, sisters & I to go wild!

    My Dad painted our car too. It was Toyota Crown (we nicknamed it Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang) and I remember his painting it in a royal blue…with a brush…with paint left over from my brother’s new bedroom! You could clearly see the brushmarks but my Dad loved that car. He called it his chariot!
    With thanks,
    Becc

    Also,

  2. 21 July 2010 11:06 pm

    Great to receive your comment, Becc, and thanks. A beauty.

    And sure I remember that cracker you describe – unless I’m mistaken, called a Catherine Wheel. But I forgot they made a whirring sound – Your recollection brought it BACK to me!

    And oh, the iconic Toyota Crown. (Your dad handpainted the family car too, eh? Seems there was a bit of it going round!) After our day the Toyota Crown evidently became driven by legions of senior citizens 10am every weekday morning, all dressed in Bowling Club whites and intentionally slowing down all other traffic: They had a Central Suburban Command Centre, all staffed by determined, effective older people. (!)

    So thanks, Becc, and I’d be privileged if you’d spread the word re the book – every little bit helps. And excellent to be in contact.

    Cheers
    Justin
    PS: Don’t miss me article on my upcoming spot at the Byron Bay Writers Festival. Call it once in a lifetime…
    https://crackernight.com/2010/07/04/the-byron-bay-writers%E2%80%99-festival-2010-a-gathering-of-great-australian-writers-and-thinkers-oh-and-justin-sheedy/

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