BORN IN 1939?
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BORN IN 1969
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Boom Books is a small family-run business that produces a series of books on Australian social history. The period covered is from 1939 to 1969, with one book for each year, and there are thus 31 books in the series. 
Details of  these are given on this site.  New site visitors should go to the panel below to find out what the books are about. 

THIS SITE IS ALWAYS A BIT OUT  OF DATE,  BECAUSE THE WORLD KEEPS CHANGING, OFTEN WITHOUT CONSULTING ME.  Still, it is pretty well up to date, and if you believe it, you won't go too far wrong. 
The navigation panel to the left will take you to any particular year you are interested in.  Details of "How to Buy" are included on that page.  Use the navigation panel to skip to other years.
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There are 31 Titles in this series.  Each tells about the large number of newsworthy events that happened in the year of choice.


To get the material for the books, the writer, Ron Williams, worked his way through newspapers, magazines, books, and other sources day by day until he came up with most of the major events and ideas, and trivia, of those years.  He presents them in a thoroughly readable book, with a mixture of humour and gravitas.


This book is pitched at all the “oldies” who are not as young as they were.  Probably they were War Babies or Boom Babies.   When people get a bit older, they become more reflective on their lives, and they place more value on their partners, and families, and friends. And about this time, nostalgia edges into their lives, and they start to look back at their teens, and dwell on their early years and childhood, and inevitably, their parents.  


When  their birthday comes round, especially for the BIG-O years,  they celebrate it with family,  friends and neighbours. 

It is a time for reminiscence and nostalgia, and the "good old days" get many a mention.  But when it gets back to their year of birth,  the year it all started for them,  they can't remember a thing. 




This 170-page book aims to fix that a little.  It is printed on quality paper with a sturdy gloss cover, and Perfect Bound for durability.  It is printed in black-and-white, and in the style of the newspapers of those earlier days. 


It is an ideal gift for "oldies" birthdays.  Nostalgics will love it. People will actually read it,  and then pass it on.




ABOUT THIS SERIES  ....But after that, I realised that I knew very little about these parents  of mine. They had been born about the start of the Twentieth Century, and they died in 1970 and 1980.  For their last 50 years, I was old enough to speak with a bit of sense.

I could have talked to them a lot about their lives. I could have found out about the times they lived in.  But I did not.  I know almost nothing about them really. Their courtship? Working in the pits? The Lock-out in the Depression? Losing their second child? Being dusted as a miner? The shootings at Rothbury? My uncles killed in the War? Love on the dole? There were hundreds, thousands of questions that I would now like to ask them.  But, alas, I can’t. It’s too late.

Thus, prompted by my guilt, I resolved to write these books. They describe happenings that affected people, real people.  The whole series is, to coin a modern phrase, designed to push your buttons, to make you remember and wonder at things forgotten. The books might just let nostalgia see the light of day, so that oldies and youngies will talk about the past and re-discover a heritage otherwise forgotten.  Hopefully, they will spark discussions between generations, and foster the asking and answering of questions that should not remain unanswered. 

Ron Williams is a retired teacher,  mathematician, computer-man,  political scientist,  farmer and writer.  He has a B.A. from Sydney,  and a Masters in Social Work and a PhD in Political Science from Hawaii.