Far Across The Sea

By Carmel McMurdo Audsley

Biography & memoir | Paperback, eBook


Far Across the Sea picks up after the death of family matriarch Mary Hamilton McMurdo, with her grandson George going down the mines in Ayrshire, despite her wishes. He’s a headstrong lad (a McMurdo family trait) and ends up in the trenches in France during WWI. It was a difficult time in Scotland after the war and during the Depression years and WWII. George’s son William (known in this book as Willie, and later as Bill) becomes the new hero of the story and you will laugh at some of his mischievous escapades and cheer him on through life’s difficulties. Walk down the streets of Cumnock Ayshire Scotland and visit the tea room as George and Mary find ways to spend time together without incurring the wrath of her father. Visit Brisbane and Ipswich in Australia in the 1950s and experience life for a 'new chum' from 'the old country'. It's a story of fierce determination and true grit. A story that takes a young man from the coal mines of Ayrshire to life in a new land - far across the sea.


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Far Across the Sea picks up after the death of family matriarch Mary Hamilton McMurdo, with her grandson George going down the mines in Ayrshire, despite her wishes. He’s a headstrong lad (a McMurdo family trait) and ends up in the trenches in France during WWI. It was a difficult time in Scotland after the war and during the Depression years and WWII. George’s son William (known in this book as Willie, and later as Bill) becomes the new hero of the story and you will laugh at some of his mischievous escapades and cheer him on through life’s difficulties. Walk down the streets of Cumnock Ayshire Scotland and visit the tea room as George and Mary find ways to spend time together without incurring the wrath of her father. Visit Brisbane and Ipswich in Australia in the 1950s and experi...


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Carmel McMurdo Audsley is an Australian Journalist, Editor and Author who lives in Brisbane with her husband Iain. They both had Scottish fathers, share a mutual love of Scotland and have walked in the footsteps of their ancestors in the country that they love to visit. As a Newspaper Journalist and Magazine Editor, Carmel has written, and had published, thousands of news stories and feature articles and has now turned her research and writing skills to digging up the past and breathing life into the characters she finds. Her first historical fiction novel, Ours, Yours and Mines, about the mining families of Ayrshire Scotland, was published in 2012 and captured the hearts of readers as the story unfolded about the harsh living conditions in the mid-1800s and the sad loss of life. Far Across The Sea continued the story with a young man from Scotland travelling to the sunny shores of Australia. Carmel’s third book, Faeries, Farms and Folk, details the lives of farming folk in the south-west of Scotland who were uprooted from their ancestral homes at the time of the industrial revolution. The books are all based on Carmel’s family history. She now devotes all her writing and editing time to producing Scots News Magazine for ex-pat Scots in Australia, and researching and writing historical fiction.


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Carmel McMurdo Audsley is an Australian Journalist, Editor and Author who lives in Brisbane with her husband Iain. They both had Scottish fathers, share a mutual love of Scotland and have walked in the footsteps of their ancestors in the country that they love to visit. As a Newspaper Journalist and Magazine Editor, Carmel has written, and had published, thousands of news stories and feature ar...


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