Cabbages and Kings

The time has come...


Author: R. F. Baldwin
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Pages: 270
Language: English
ISBN: 9781633232907
Publication date: 01/05/2016
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Cabbages and Kings documents my experiences after the untimely death of my fathe
A prerequisite to the development of any and every child is a secure, loving relationship with both their mother and father, but not every child is so blessed. Cabbages and Kings documents my experiences after the untimely death of my father, which profoundly affected the course of my life, and follows the consequences of a fatherless household during my formative years.
Set against a background of Melbourne in the Fifties and into the Sixties, this was a period overshadowed by the Cold War, the Roman Catholic Church, and the White Australia policy amongst epidemics of lung cancer and polio myelitis. The emergence of the new sensation of the teenager shook the nation’s social structure to its foundations, while the coming of television connected Australia to the rest of the planet.
Following the emotional blackmail and psychological abuse of my childhood, I emerged as a teenage boy burdened with insecurities and anxieties aggravating the transition from childhood to adolescence and beyond. Typical effects of a father’s absence occurred when I dropped out of school and my life deteriorated to one clouded by a lack of self-esteem and alcohol abuse.
The intervening years have seen incredible change for which the strict control of world economies during the two world wars of the first half of the century must be acknowledged. Massive advances in technology, medicine, and communications have been realized along with the wonder of the satellites that orbit the earth. We’ve also witnessed the proliferation of education, and the evolution of home entertainment culminating in the marvel of today’s modern world.
Now advancing age stimulates reflection on my life, misgivings, and speculation about the rewards and detriments of a future where children, such as those of my granddaughter’s “Generation Z”, will take cyberspace for granted in a world beset by perpetually-developing technology throughout a society predicted to be fraught with a disproportionate number of one parent families.
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Robert Baldwin was born in Melbourne in 1948, the son of a successful horse trainer.

He dropped out of secondary school at age seventeen, and without qualifications or direction in life worked a number of lackluster jobs with little success before his conscription into the Australian army in 1968. During that time, he served a year in South Vietnam, which gave him his first introduction to Asia and led to a fascination with Asian culture in later years. Following his discharge from the army, he took advantage of their resettlement scheme and returned to full time study, where at the age of twenty three he sat in a class of seventeen year olds and successfully completed his secondary education. He studied part time at universities for ten years and gained three degrees including a Master of Arts from the University of Notre Dame Australia.

After early departure from the work force because of health matters followed by the failure of his marriage, his travels around Asia began in earnest culminating in the publication of this work. He now lives in the north of Thailand, where he feels more at home than in his native Australia.

He has always wanted to write and this, his first book, represents the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition. He has plans to write more books.

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