Red Herrings for Breakfast by Annabet Ousback

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Annabet and her younger brother Anders grew up in idyllic surrounds on the lower north shore of Sydney in the 1950s. They lived in the original boatshed on Balmoral Beach and had an Australian mother and an imposing Swedish Naval captain for a father. However, nothing was as it seemed and Annabet and Anders were exposed to harsh, often irrational and frequently violent discipline from both parents, which left them emotionally unbalanced and starved of affection. In a time where domestic viole

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Michelle Holmes, Northern Beaches Radio
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‘A beautiful, beautiful Australian story tracing the history of a brother and sister. For those who have lived on the northern beaches you are sure to know about beautiful Balmoral beach and the beautiful fig trees and the island. There is lots of laughter in the book and lots of tears, and what a combination that is folks…It is a great story about the day-to-day struggles within a family. I couldn’t put it down.’
Gail Jarvis
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I purchased this book at midday and had devoured it by midnight. By the last page I was emotionally exhausted. I’m still struggling to feel closure on this read. It’s breathtaking in it’s simplicity and familiar on so many levels. I felt I was living and visualising every page. All of which is a credit to the author. She has taken us to a pocket of Australian history where much was left unspoken, unnoticed and unexposed, yet deeply felt. The story of an emotionally wounded family, set against the backdrop of Sydney’s beautiful Balmoral Beach, makes for a powerful juxtaposition. A great read and highly recommended.
Steve Anderson
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Red Herrings for Breakfast is a fabulous read. I was totally engrossed and can not recommend this book highly enough. It is a poignant disturbing and glorious snap-shot of the author’s early years. Thank you Annabet Ousback for sharing this.
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Red Herrings for Breakfast by Annabet Ousback

This beautifully written story traces the history of brother and sister Annabet and Anders Ousback, who grew up living in the now iconic boatshed at Balmoral Beach in the 1950s. While it seemed idyllic, their lives were anything but. They were raised under the care of their overbearing, violent Swedish father and very strict, emotionally distant mother, who were both unsupportive of the children’s creativity and talents.

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6 reviews for Red Herrings for Breakfast by Annabet Ousback

  1. BadApplePress

    ‘A beautiful, beautiful Australian story tracing the history of a brother and sister. For those who have lived on the northern beaches you are sure to know about beautiful Balmoral beach and the beautiful fig trees and the island. There is lots of laughter in the book and lots of tears, and what a combination that is folks…It is a great story about the day-to-day struggles within a family. I couldn’t put it down.’ Michelle Holmes, Northern Beaches Radio

  2. jeff

    its good

  3. Gail Jarvis

    I purchased this book at midday and had devoured it by midnight.
    By the last page I was emotionally exhausted. I’m still struggling to feel closure on this read.
    It’s breathtaking in it’s simplicity and familiar on so many levels. I felt I was living and visualising every page. All of which is a credit to the author.
    She has taken us to a pocket of Australian history where much was left unspoken, unnoticed and unexposed, yet deeply felt.
    The story of an emotionally wounded family, set against the backdrop of Sydney’s beautiful Balmoral Beach, makes for a powerful juxtaposition.
    A great read and highly recommended.

  4. Steve Anderson

    Red Herrings for Breakfast is a fabulous read. I was totally engrossed and can not recommend this book highly enough.

    It is a poignant disturbing and glorious snap-shot of the author’s early years. Thank you Annabet Ousback for sharing this.

  5. Cassandra Stokes

    Fabulous, engrossing and poignant read.

  6. Julie Campbell

    What an emotional read! I can well believe how cathartic and painful it must have been to tell your story. It was a wonderful tribute to Anders and to you Annabet, for your amazing talents and caring soul. It shone through.

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