Over the Dalek with Jim

This instalment of the Dalek Game is for Hugh Lunn’s memoir Over the Top with Jim, his recollection of growing up in Brisbane in the ’50s, only a few suburbs from where I live now. My mother read this out loud to my family more than once – she loved it for the era and Catholic schooling, which she shared in another country, and my dad loved it for the Australian childhood, which was his. I missed the era by 40 years, but loved the books for the city, which was mine. It is a wonderful account of school battles, White Russians, tennis stars, dreadful eternal family road trips to Sydney, chipped china (and its fate), home medication and Brisbane summers.