|Courtesy Fremantle Press|
in love then had their heart broken, Australian author Liz Byrski’s memoir of
love found and love lost will strike a chord.
author Liz Byrski (then Liz Beard) is living at home in Sussex and working in
London when she meets and falls instantly in love with her friend’s boarder Karl
froze. I put my hand on the back of the couch to steady myself.”
England in the early sixties who at 31 is not only deemed too old for her but
is also unsuitably a divorcee with a young child.
their passion in a time when good manners were everything and parents set the
ground rules for marriage. When Karl must return to California for work and
visa purposes Liz’s protests to accompany him are powerless and the couple must
“wait a year” before they are allowed to wed.
is never easy but mixed with miscommunication and fate, love is lost and life
takes a different path for both Liz and Karl.
the couple meet again and have the opportunity to ask the questions of what
happened and what went wrong? They get a
second chance at love.
the early days of this true love story take up the first half of the book, the
story is broken into five chapters, aptly named to reflect each stage of the
love story: Recollection, Resolve, Explanation, Restoration and Dislocation.
opens in 1998 with Karl’s journey back to England to track Liz down, not
knowing that she has already moved to Australia many years before. The visit is
part of a 12-year search to find her but the private detective he hired is
Jess Phillips whose family now live in Liz’s old home, she sees that he is still
in love and desperate to find Liz so takes up the role of sleuth, with great
Dislocation fill us in on the missing years and what went wrong.
is a wonderful love story and at times it is hard to believe that it is a true
story, not just a work of fiction.
similar story line, though in Remember Me
we do not spend a great deal of time in the present day.
Sussex, Liz Byrski moved to Australia in 1981 and currently resides in Perth,
Western Australia. She is the author of
eleven works of non-fiction and five novels and has over 40 years experience in
novels: Gang of Four; Food, Sex and Money;
Belly Dancing for Beginners; Trip of a Lifetime and Bad Behaviour.
(Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2000, ISBN 1-86368-313-5, 327 pages.)
has been re-released in paperback in 2010.
The ISBN is 9781921696145.
My rating: ★★★★