I have just read a book called ‘Why you are Australian (A Letter to my Children)’ by Nikki Gemmell. The author is an Australian woman who has been living in London for 12 years with her Australian husband, where their 3 children were born. The book is about how she took her children back to Australia for 3 months as she was desperate to show them an aussie childhood before they become too ‘British’. I think many of the reasons why she wants the children to live in Australia are the same as for a lot of us, and in places her thoughts are so similar to what my husband and I had been thinking it was unreal. My husband is Australian and we too had been living in England for 12 years and were desperate to get back to Australia to give our British-born kids a better lifestyle.
If you want to understand what Australians value about what is good about the Australian way of life, then read this book. It also discusses a lot of issues facing Australia today and highlights the dilemmas of being an ex-pat and being away from your family. It is not all anti-British by any means as she loves a lot of things about London and the UK, and her husband doesn’t want to leave.