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Fathers.
Mateship.
Mortality.

Pub Date

August 2022

Cost

$34.99

Format

Paperback

Extent

352pp

ISBN

9781761151019

Rights

ANZ

Category

Non-fiction

Themes

Australian life

Family

Boyhood

The Summertime of Our Dreams

Michael Pascoe

An unforgettable celebration of life, a hymn to the land, and a meditation on the memory and dreams of youth

To be invited to walk beside a dying man, a good man, to be asked into his mind as its existence is counted down, to be offered his gaze into the abyss, to know another soul in the honesty of the deathbed. A privilege. 

Here is a moving and unusual memoir by Michael Pascoe about his relationship with Jim, his friend since boarding school in Queensland, as he faces up to terminal illness. We see a group of friends as they meet occasionally to talk about their shared youth and their mortality. Eloquent, profound – and sometimes funny, as mates can be with one another – these encounters, as well as Michael and Jim’s correspondence about living, dying, memory and family – will resonate deeply with readers.

The narrative is also a reflection on the author’s own story from son of a country cop to one of Australia’s best-known journalists, taking the reader on a journey – both literal and metaphorical – as he drives north in his beloved Alfa Romeo, exploring along the way what it means to be a son and a father, how one ages and deals with one’s own mortality.

We were just boys, forming bonds we didn’t know existed until we dared reach for them and found them strong.

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About the author

Michael Pascoe is one of Australia’s most respected and experienced finance and economics commentators with four decades in newspaper, broadcast and on-line journalism covering the full gamut of economic, business and finance issues. He's most recognised through his many years spent reporting on business and finance on Channel 9 and 7, in addition to his past role as Contributing Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age. He’s now contributing editor for The New Daily and regularly seen as a commentator on the ABC’s The Drum and 7’s Sunrise and other programs.