Join us at Liverpool Regional Museum to hear from author Christine Sykes as she discusses her new memoir Gough and Me: My Journey from Cabramatta to China and Beyond.
The author talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Light refreshments to follow.
Books will be available to reserve from Liverpool City Library. Books will also be available to purchase on the day.
Friday 28 May
1pm - 2pm
Liverpool Regional Museum
Bookings essential and will open 28 April.
About the book:
When Gough Whitlam moves into her street in Cabramatta in 1957, eight-year-old Christine has little idea how her new neighbor, one of the most visionary and polarising political leaders of Australia, would shape the direction of her life. Born to working-class parents and living in a fibro house built by her truck-driver father, Christine simply dreams that one day she might work as a private secretary like her aunt.
But when the reforms Whitlam fought for give Christine the chance to go to university, her world expands. She experiences the transformative power of education, the struggles of balancing motherhood and being the family breadwinner and faces her own mental health battles. She follows a path forged by Whitlam, from scholarships he fought for, to local community initiatives he generated, and even as far as China, where Whitlam crucially initiated Australia’s relationship when he visited the country in 1973.
Written with genuine heart and humour, Gough and Me is a nostalgic and deeply personal memoir of social mobility, cultural diversity, and the unprecedented opportunities that the Whitlam era gave one Australian working-class woman.