Solly's Girl

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Oktober 2015



In her introduction, Ros writes that she wants to entertain the reader; she has done a great deal more than that in this highly original, intricately woven memoir. Eschewing the easier chronological approach, Ros has created a colourful tapestry of stories from her own life in England and from her family and professional life in Melbourne, intertwined with research on ancestors both noteworthy and not-so worthy and completed with insightful writing on the career of her husband of more than fifty years, the well-known Australian Jewish author, Alan Collins.
In London the 'boring' fifties were coming to an end when Ros met her Aussie, Alan; she was soon to accompany him to Melbourne as a 'Ten Pound Pom'. Box Hill, nowhere near the Jewish 'ghetto', was where they could afford a home in which to raise their growing family of three boys. Life in the 'bush' offered challenges to their Jewishness but also gave them a singular freedom. While work in advertising provided needed income for the family, Alan's writing eventually became his sole occupation. Meanwhile, Ros began work in librarianship that would ultimately result in her making significant contributions to the field, especially within the Jewish community. Ros describes the many vicissitudes of rearing three boys with the dismay, humour and love of a Jewish mother.
Spanning well over sixty years of both Ros' and Alan's lives, the memoir is not only an intelligent and thought-provoking account of Australian Jewish life; it is also a loving tribute to the talent and accomplishments of a much-admired author. In the final chapters we learn of Ros' efforts to ensure that Alan's work is remembered after his death. This book is a fitting testament to her devotion to this end.


Chapter 1: She's Got a 'Ticket to Ride' 3
Chapter 2: Isinglass Windows 12
Chapter 3: The 'Gulag' 20
Chapter 4: Go West, North or South - Anywhere but East! 33
Chapter 5: Mostly Romantic 55
Chapter 6: The Thirties 67
Chapter 7: 'I'll Shoot You First' 75
Chapter 8: Working Girl 85
Chapter 9: 'My Country, Right or Wrong' 95
Chapter 10: Advance Australians 101
Chapter 11: Afternoon Tea 111
Chapter 12: Toby Toys 117
Chapter 13: Leon 125
Chapter 14: Going Back 132
Chapter 15: Green Door 137
Chapter 16: The Age of Aquarius 143
Chapter 17: Golden Summers 152
Chapter 18: 'What's in a Name?' 163
Chapter 19: Five Tickets to Dachau 182
Chapter 20: [A] Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose Is a Rose 188
Chapter 21: Digital 198
Chapter 22: The Community 206
Chapter 23: 'Lullaby of Broadway' 215
Chapter 24: Author, Author 223
Chapter 25: All the Initials: NT, WA, US 234
Chapter 26: Kadimah 242
Chapter 27: U.K. Bye, Bye 256
Chapter 28: Five Seagulls 264
Chapter 29: Year One 272
Chapter 30: Year Two (2009-2010) 279
Chapter 31: Merry Widows 286
Epilogue 291
Acknowledgements 292
Map of the places our families knew in Europe 295

Family Trees
1: Ancestors of Rosaline Fox 296
2: Descendants of Rosaline Fox 298
3: The Leimseider/Gilbert Family 300
4: The Schlesinger Family 302
5: The Green/Samuel Family 304
6: The Collins Family in the Netherlands 306
7: The Collins Family in England and Australia 308
8: The Cortissos Family 310
9: The Davis Family 312


Ros Collins was born in London. At the age of seven she determined to become a librarian and on leaving school took up a junior position in the local municipal library. Alternative careers beckoned and she moved into Fleet Street working in the picture library of a London newspaper. Next came four years in advertising agencies and finally, a complete change - a trainee buyer of nightdresses for Marks and Spencer. Ros married writer Alan Collins in 1957 and became a 'ten pound Pom' - a British migrant to Australia. In Melbourne, after a pause of ten years raising three sons, Ros returned to the library world and for twenty years directed libraries in the college sector of the Victorian Education Department. She graduated from Monash University, completed a Diploma in Librarianship and qualified as a teacher. From 1987 to 2000 she was director of the Makor Jewish Community Library (now the Lamm Jewish Library of Australia). Subsequently, Ros worked at the Kadimah Library, cataloguing the major Yiddish collection in Australia. From 2012 she has concentrated on writing. Solly's Girl is her first book and Ros maintains a blog at www.alanandroscollins.wordpress.com


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EAN: 9780994388605
Untertitel: a memoir. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Mrs Rosaline Collins
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2015
Seitenanzahl: 326 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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