Del’s ‘My Country Life’ has certainly drawn many parallels to my own childhood through the sixties and the hardships endured by my ancestors who immigrated from Scandinavia in the 1800’s.
Although I was born and raised in Far North Queensland, life back then varied little to the life events that Del relates so precisely throughout this great read told in days before television and supermarkets, when a man’s handshake was his word and parents disciplined children not the police.
To the chilling facts of the Second Would War and the massive sacrifice made by a young country - great story written by a true Australian.
It’s a good thing Del Richards has written his life story...
During his rich and varied life in rural Australia he has enjoyed the company of countless numbers of inspirational people, of diverse backgrounds and talents, whose indomitable spirits captured his admiration & further-inspired his zest for life... despite some challenging times along the way.
Del derives immense pleasure from engaging with others and being an excellent listener, observer, communicator and record keeper it seems only right that he has put pen to paper and shared his many friendships...along with the lifelong experiences and adventures that saw dreams become realities.
However Del’s book is not limited to nostalgic reminiscences and subjects of immense interest to him like the ‘realities’ of World War Two.
He has very strong views about Australian society in this day and age which may challenge your ideologies. So be prepared for a stimulating debate... with a good friend, of course!
Pat Morrish - Past presenter ABC Cairns