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  • By david knappman
    Dec 22, 2015
    This is an excellent sequel to Denis Lawrence's first two volumes and it is my favourite. Once again it is written in a very friendly, honest, easy to read manner, typical of the author, and the only reason it took me a little longer to read this volume was on account of constantly vying with my wife who also found it utterly engaging. This volume recounts Denis Lawrence's later life when, forsaking England for Australia, he bravely sets out to take up a new post and define his destiny. The book frequently reminded me of the Yin and the Yang as the scene shifts to opposite sides of the world, the grey cold of England and the blue warmth of Australia, the feeling of completeness when Denis finds his wife Anne, and the balance that he ultimately achieves spending half his time in England and half in Australia. Throughout this account, the way in which Denis challenges life, looking for opportunities and taking them, tackling challenges head-on, or shaping purely chance encounters and... More > happenings, illustrates how he is able to navigate life so successfully. His enjoyment of the outdoor life and his vivid descriptions of Australia as he first explores towns, the coast and the outback will be of interest to anyone contemplating a visit or a move to Australia. There is something of both Thomas Cook the explorer as well as Captain Cook the adventurer in these tales of Denis Lawrence the psychologist. His greatest discovery was clearly that of his beloved wife Anne, but his greatest adventure may have been the psychological one which finally brought him into the calm waters of personal equilibrium and existential fulfilment. The positive impact which Denis Lawrence makes on the educational world in Australia, as a psychologist, counsellor and teacher, will especially interest many of his erstwhile colleagues who will recall the effect of such qualities on their own professional lives and on educational services in the UK. His autobiography is a lesson for life, showing how an outgoing, friendly personality can combine with a spirit of adventure to enable one to take full advantage of every opportunity that comes along. This account not only constitutes a valuable memoir for his family and friends but it forms a tribute to a man who has given so much of his own life to improving the lot of others. It is an excellent read.< Less
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October 13, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.94 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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