Webb, Rachael Ann (Bowen).
Title FROM CAERAU TO THE SOUTHERN CROSS.
Publisher Alun, Port Talbot, 1987.
Seller ID 21939
319 pp, 8vo (8 7/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0907117465 "Rachael Ann Bowen was born into the comfortable world of the Edwardian middle classes, but soon her father's illness and death left the family struggling to avoid the workhouse. In the following years the Bowens shared in full the poverty and tragedy of the Valleys, surviving only by their faith and humour; until Rachael was swept off her feet by the tall, dark and handsome Ivor Webb and settled down to married life in Mae steg. But this was only the beginning. Soon the young couple decided to emigrate to Australia - only to find that the advertised land of milk and honey was even more merciless than the Depression in Wales that they had left. Yet unemploy m e n t , w i l d animals, hostile natives and the constant fight against the unrelenting harshness of the country were only new challenges to be faced. (This) is not only story of remarkable courage, faith and independence; it is also a portrait ga ll er y of al mo st Dickensian richness. We meet Rachael's own family, of course, but also the eccentric revolutionary Dr. William Price of Llantrisant; Matron Phillips and Sister Silverside, the two English nurses who wanted to adopt her; the cu rio us in hab i tan ts of the seedy London boarding house where she almost fell a victim to White Slavers; and even the young Stanley Baker at his first audition." Very light browning to pages and edges of textblock, book is slightly cocked, mi nor edge we ar. Du st jac ket ha s light edge wrinkling, light wrinkling and scattered tiny dints/indentations, two tiny tears archivally taped. Very Good/Very Good-