Local author J. M. Anderson has written a novel inspired by her husband Dr Norm Vradenburg's early Australian Adventures.
When Jay Wilson, a new graduate as a Doctor of Chiropractic, flew into Melbourne in February 1974, things were not as he expected.
From ham sandwiches to hoop snakes, South Australian pigs and foul-mouthed cockatoos, it was non-stop adventure.
When severe illness forces him to return to America he finds himself pining for the country that has stolen his heart.
A novel based on a true story, hilariously funny and deeply moving, this is a story about joy and sadness, brokenness and ultimate human victory, and about finding true love.
It is about a gentle, talented man finding his destiny in this Great Southern Land.
The novel has received high reviews and an Amazon 5 Star rating:
'There's a lot to like and admire in this work. It truly has a broad sweep and plenty of colourful characters, big themes, and slices of genuine historical interest. Descriptive passages are always compelling ... the dialogue snaps along ... excellent character portrayals ... touching, unique, delightful. I was impressed.' Nick Stevens, television and radio writer.
"I read A LOT, from Astrophysics to Zen. As with recipes, it takes sorting to find books that suit my tastes. I allow 20 pages: enough to know if the style and substance deserves a place on my list. This book did not go on my list ...... because I couldn’t put it down! Anderson’s production rates with the best authors ever. The reader becomes part of the adventure, not just an observer. Character development is stunning; very “dystinktive”. Locations are visable, crossing physical and cultural latitudes. Situations are personal, tangible. The work is a contemporary, happier Steinbeck. Although the book ends, clearly the story is just at a fork. I eagerly anticipate the sequel. It will not be on my list either!"- Kenneth K Ritchie, MD Arizona USA
On a personal note, Norm and Judy have helped me enormously with my neck issues from an earlier car accident, and the book is testimony to their unique, caring, quirky personalities – I am thoroughly enjoying the read!
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