A Melbourne story that brings to life the Carlton of the thirties and forties. Freda Searle’s mother, from a humble background, looks like the Duchess of Windsor; her handsome father is the son of a rabbi, but they are divorced – something not socially sanctioned in those times. She grows up very aware of the difference between herself and her friends. She is Australian-. born, there is no father around and she lives in the home of her nana and zaida. She is also aware of the differences between her two families. Told with honesty and much humour.