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The author is a 66 year old male who was born in Italy and migrated to Australia at the age of 4. He recently arrived in Cairns, Queensland to live and now rents a 1 bedroom unit where he resides on his own. While wanting to stay in touch with the past it is also important to begin afresh, having come to Cairns with just 2 suitcases of clothes and an open heart.

I became a widower

Following my wife’s death in 2010 and I am father of 2 children. Currently in recipient a Commonwealth Government Aged Pension.

Further personal information

are detailed in the memoirs. Vincenzo Russo writes with such a personal and intimate touch that you can’t help but feel a part of the story.

From a distant Italian country

Town of the 1950s to present-day Adelaide, Russo takes you on a detailed and personal journey that explores his life as an Italian migrant who arrived in Australia post-World War Two with nothing but the love of his family and drive to experience the world. In terms of writing style, there is very little amiss with the Book Based On True Events.

It is written as a series

Of letters to his late wife, Cheryl; each chapter exploring a new stage in his life as he experiences it. Stylistically, Russo employs his vast knowledge of the English language through expert metaphor and simile to describe events in a way that you begin to feel as though you are there with him in his head as it happens. Personality shines through and it is wondrous to read and get to know Russo.

Normally this particular style

Of writing drives me to utter boredom but Russo manages to sneak in heavy life lessons with the light-hearted moments he chooses to share leading to a beautiful piece of work. Autobiographies aren’t for everyone, but this one ticks all the boxes as a read that anyone can enjoy – if not for the life lived, then for his masterful writing.

Anyone with an interest

In the history of Adelaide, migration and Italian-Australians will love its honesty, whilst readers looking for something a little different will enjoy the narrative he tells. A must-have for local historians! You can’t go wrong with it – Russo is local, he’s real, and there’s nothing like seeing Adelaide through someone else’s eyes. Review By GlamAdelaide Magazine

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