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The Idea of Home

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National Year of Reading Winner

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Angry Asian Lib..., 2 years ago
This is one of the 8 winning titles, voted by Australians for the National Year of Reading 2012 collection http://www.love2read.org.au/our-story.cfm

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Angry Asian Lib..., 2 years ago
In The Idea of Home John Hughes writes about growing up in the Hunter Valley coal-mining town of Cessnock, in a household dominated by memories of the Ukraine, which his mother and grandparents were forced to flee during the Second World War. Hughes charts the effect their stories and routines had on him as a child, the way they shaped his imagination, and determined his idea of himself, as a student in Newcastle, and later as the holder of a prestigious scholarship at Cambridge University. Yet this inheritance almost undoes him, for in Cambridge what he encounters is not the romantic idea of Europe he had imagined, but a provincialism more pronounced than that he had left behind in Australia.
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