Six Months in Wonderland
A true story set in Tasmania
Six Months in Wonderland is a true story. Wonderland is a beautiful area of rain forest
under the shadow of Mt Wellington in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania, Australia’s island
state. A rustic, 3 story house, surrounded by tall eucalypt trees and bustling with native
wildlife is the setting for a new beginning for Gail and her two teenage daughters.
Bats in the ceiling, leeches in the yard and a soap eating rat in the bathroom make
lateral thinking and humour a survival necessity.
There is plenty of adventure in this book. Gail’s upbringing included peacocks regularly
landing on the roof of the family home and experiencing the horrific 1967 bushfires. Gail
experienced a number of "narrow misses" – she missed the Granville train disaster in
Sydney by 24 hours, a change of plans prevented her family from being at Port Arthur on
the day of the massacre, and a trip home saved her from death or injury from the boiler
explosion at Mt St Canice.
This is a Tasmanian book with universal themes. Wonderland is a place and also an attitude –
an attitude of hope, love and humour.
Six Months in Wonderland is a beautiful hard cover book, illustrated with numerous colour photos.