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This is a great book. Social history as you’ve never read it is right. Now I feel I have quite a good understanding about the period of the heyday of the Push and how it was part of the social influences forming Australia, then and now. But what I loved about this book is that it isn’t dry facts or second hand interviews but is told by a real person that you can identify with and who lets you in to her own life and social circle. I laughed all the way through with Lyn Gain – it was a lovely way of absorbing some pretty sophisticated philosophy and social theory clearly related to everyday life. I found myself caught up in Lyn ‘s own fascination with theory and practice, how ideas can inform what you think and do, and provide a touchstone for evaluating your own actions. This could have been ponderous and boring but it wasn’t – it was light and fascinating – all because of Lyn’s intimate and excellent writing and willingness to share her experiences, warts and all, as well as her own penetrating analysis of what it all means. Bravo!
An absorbing and personal account of a vital era in shaping Australia’s social conscience from someone who was there.
There were lots of interesting people in The Push. But only one Witch Girl. Lyn Gain was, and is, unique. I am sure it comes as no surprise to many of the players that Ms Gain’s tell-all book tells ALL!
I was there..loved Lyndin’s book..a must read to get a feel of the real times in Oz (a time pundits decry as being dead… LMAO)
I’m dying to read Witch Girl when it comes out. It’s the hidden history of Australia for me. I’m in my late 40’s. People like Eva Cox influenced my training and world view on social issues.