by Hazel Barker
A true story of perseverance and courage
Two-year-old Colin and his parents are thrown into a new and harsh environment when they immigrate to Australia from Nottingham, UK.
They travel as Ten-quid-migrants and, after roaming round in the bush they settle down in Portland in rural Victoria. Primary school brings taunts, jeers and bullying to the young boy. He finds solace in books and is torn by two loves – the bush and the sea.
The music teacher at High School initiates a love for music, but the Depression Years cast a shadow upon his future. Will he be able to continue his studies or be compelled to quit school?
Colin’s plucky spirit carries him through one crisis after another, and the unexpected turns up…
Count Your Blessings is a moving narrative of real people and real places, the characters that live in its pages will bring joy to your heart and tears to your eyes. The story adds to the tapestry of world history and leaves a trail for people to follow and learn that life is not a bed of roses but a journey through happiness and sorrow.
Excerpts from Hazel Barker’s books have been published in several anthologies and won awards. Parts 1 & 2 of her memoirs have been finalists in the 2017 and 2019 CALEB Competitions, respectively.
The narrative is compelling. The voice of the narrator is warm, and the plot unfolds naturally. The mother’s anger and mood swings are both terrifying and compelling. We really feel for the child protagonist and his tendon operation. It is a gorgeous memoir.
Lecturer in Literary Studies and Creative Writing,
Charles Darwin University.
Finalist for the Australia and New Zealand wide CALEB AWARD of 2019
Hazel Barker at Capalaba Library Author Expo 2019
Thanks to Capalaba Library for hold the Local Author Expo in 2019.