I’m delighted to welcome Award Winning Australian author ALISON STUART to Rakes and Rascals today for an exclusive interview.
Hi Carol… thanks so much for the warm welcome.
Could you tell us where you were born and what it was like growing up there?
I was born in Kenya in the dying days of the British Empire. My mother had been born there and my father had found his way to Kenya with the British Army. He fell in love with the country and decided to get out of the army and settle there.
It sounds romantic but childhood is childhood where ever you are and, while I have memories of visiting game parks and holidays at Mombasa, it was an unsettled time in Kenya and I remember being afraid much of the time. I was also quite a sickly child.
The move to Australia at the age of ten was like a move to paradise. I never looked back.
A prize winner in August 1966
How would you describe yourself – temperamental or easy-going?
My goodness… that might depend who you ask. I am sure my husband thinks I am temperamental but frankly it cuts both ways and I consider myself a saint in comparison to him!
I am a dyed in the wool Capricorn. Sense and Sensibility are my middle names. But I do like to have things organised and once I make a decision it is made and needs to be actioned… like yesterday!
When it comes to food do you like sweet or savoury or both?
I am not a big sweet tooth. When I lived in Singapore I loved going to the Hawker markets for meals and trying all sorts of different tastes (including pig entrail soup!)
What is your most treasured possession?
Possibly my teddy bear. My father produced Ted when I was born and Ted has been everywhere with me – including (as an adult) on our posting to Singapore. He is so loved that he is now almost bald and had become quite flat. In recent years he got into a rumble with one of the cats and came out looking very much the worst for wear (‘Bear,’ I said, ‘You must remember your age!’).
He came back from the Doll Hospital all fixed and looking like he’d been on a course of steroids.
If you were able to afford a second home anywhere in the world where would you choose and why?
I live in the best country in the world… but for a home away from home, my husband and I love the family cottage near Dolgellau in North Wales and always make a point of escaping there on every trip to the UK. There is something about being among those old hills and byways that calls to me.
Finally, what has been your most embarrassing moment?
You want me to pick one???
It was the time I dislocated my shoulder skiing and although I was walking wounded, the ski patroller insisted on strapping me into a gurney and skiing me down a busy track to the NEXT ski lift which had to be stopped while I was lifted on to it and hauled back up the hill while he regaled me with stories of his heli-skiing in NZ. At the top of the hill, the gurney was attached to a ski-do and I was jet skied off, through the middle of the village, to the hospital where I arrived, purple with embarrassment.
Thank you for taking time out to be here today and sharing these interesting facts about yourself, Alison.
Thank you for having me!
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