Title: One Minute Crying Time
Authors: Ewing, Barbara
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 333
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: Barbara Ewing's diaries of her childhood and teenage years in the 1950s and early 1960s provide the basis for this poignant memoir, recalling a very different New Zealand from the one we live in today. From these earnest entries of growing up in Auckland and Wellington, this renowned actress and writer has revisited these memories, now enhanced by the insight and understanding that comes with age and distance, and illuminating them with a contemporary perspective.

Moving and engrossing, this heartfelt revisiting of one's younger self lays bare the foundations of a life, and encourages contemplation of just how society has changed.

Categories: Non-fiction NZ, Biography, Historical, Letters/Diaries, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, 2022 Titles, Larger font


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By: WHITBY 005 2022-05-18 21:32:19
The group as a whole were not enamoured by this book. It resonated with those who had lived in Wellington in the 50s. Great discussion with sharing of experiences.

By: CHCH 277 2022-04-29 12:34:40
Enjoyed by most as a nostalgic reflection of NZ in the 50s and 60s. Faint print of the diary extracts proved to be a slight problem.

By: MOTUE 006 2022-04-29 12:33:15
Eight out of nine really found this book an interesting and relatable one, as we are all women, and secondly, we're all of an age that we can remember a time without all the modern day conveniences and distractions. Interestingly, even her anxiety wasn't recognised, she had to overcome this in creating the resilient woman she is, embarking on her bicultural relationships and language, and following her dreams to become an actress and travel overseas alone. Though none were familiar with her movies, we found it a great read, and loved the diaries for their accuracy. Inspirational.

By: WELL 094 2021-11-01 10:30:22
Great discussion. We could all relate to it one way or another - I guess being Wellingtonians, and getting on a bit.

By: AUCK 272 2021-05-31 13:52:45
I loved this book, but I have a penchant for actors' memoirs. Not everyone else enjoyed it. Fascinating account of 1950s NZ, and Barbara's 'te reo' journey was fascinating. A woman ahead of her time.

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