New Book Reveals the Man-Making Experiences of an “Aussie Kid”

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Frederick C. Smith, scion of soldiers, shows a room in the Australian heart

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Frederick C. Smith defines the seamier side of the modern Australian heart in Life. This book is a man’s story and also a story that is peculiar to Australia. He has gone through excessive abuse through public school, civilian work and the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Describing the author’s process that has taken years before it yielded understanding and the start of adjustment into a normal life, the book lets readers in on the hard-won wisdom of Frederick’s experience.

The author offers his unique insight into physical and mental abuse that seems to be enshrined in the level of society that he lives in. Although a young country, in the ‘80s Australia called itself “the lucky country.” With the luck of the Outback, the country had attained a level of prosperity through hard work and perseverance. For him, there were no nifty resolutions, just a matriculation out of a system geared towards churning out the “tough boy,” a Kiplinguesque person, a gentleman with a rough-and-ready attitude naturally inclined to a physically active life of adventure. Frederick, the son of a Vietnam war veteran and the grandson of a veteran of World War II and the Spanish Civil War, entered a world of further traumatic abuse as an apprentice chef in the civilian world and the military. The author went through a phase of heavy drinking and drug abuse.

Given everything that has happened to him, the author was, and still is, an average “Aussie kid” by choice and by genetic inclination: he likes explosions, fire, and guns which is probably typical of someone who came from soldier/pioneer stock. Although unsaid, he is a natural product of Australian social evolution. Australians went from being misunderstood (and abused) underdogs to becoming a proud people with a unique sense of identity and a pride of place. The author, after coming out of the ADF and a long experience of abuse, with the can-do, never-say-never attitude typical of Australians, enrolled himself in University (while still holding down a job as chef) despite his having been told that University was something out of his reach and effected the turnaround from bad to better.

Here is a biography that typifies many things Australian. The author’s very welcome auteur shall keep that independent pioneer spirit of the Outback working towards Australia’s coming of age as he has written a clear, unashamed, and highly effective narrative of his man-making process.

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About the Author
Frederick C. Smith was born in 1980. His father served in the Royal Australian Navy and himself had served in the Australian Defence Force. Life is his review and recollection of the man-making experiences he’s had.

Life * by Frederick C. Smith
Publication Date: December 2, 2011
Trade Paperback; AU$19.99; 91 pages; 978-1-4653-0114-7
Trade Hardback; AU$39.99; 91 pages; 978-1-4653-0115-4

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