Gerard Leahy’s new book shares continuing story of Leahy family

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‘Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Two Generations’ document how Leahy’s second generation live different life

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It is a story of a generation living through and coping in its own way.

Two generations of the Leahy family lived through a century of interesting Australian and world history. Amongst their experiences include moving from Cobb & Co coaches and cattle wagons to supersonic jets and other big changes in all aspects of their lives. They also have experienced two devastating World Wars. In “Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Two Generations- Second Generation,” (published by Xlibris AU) author Gerard Leahy focuses on the family’s second generation.

The first generation’s story in the first book covers the story up to author Gerard Leahy’s father’s death and his marriage to Kathleen Kenny amidst the chaos of the breaking up of his parent’s relationship. This second generation story goes on to document how they went on to live a very different life in a now bygone era.

“This book is connected to the first generation life of our family, but it tells of a completely different life and times,” Leahy explains. “It is a story of a generation living through and coping in its own way.”

“Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Two Generations” vividly shows to readers the contrasting life and times of two generations of the Leahy family and how they were able to cope with the changes in their lives in a small, isolated community.

“Shirtsleeves to Shirtsleeves in Two Generations”
By Gerard Leahy
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781514440506
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781514440490
E-Book | 316 pages | ISBN 9781514440513
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Gerard Leahy was born in 1930 and grew up in Sydney and Bathurst in a family of nine children descended from an Irish convict. After being educated at the St. Ignatius College, Riverview, in Sydney, he worked on several of his father’s grazing properties in central and western New South Wales and near Mt. Isa in the far north of Queensland. He and his wife, Kathleen, moved to Tumbarumba in the NSW Snowy Mountains in 1952, where they ran a sheep and cattle grazing property until the early 1980s. Leahy and Kath moved to the Blue Mountains near Sydney in 1996.

Xlibris Publishing Australia, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider dedicated to serving Australian authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles.For more information, visit or call 1800 455 039 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisAus on Twitter for the latest news.

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