The environment of 1950's New Brighton isn't romanticised at all - the grey waves, the cold easterly, mutton and vegetables for dinner - and lends authenticity. Bruce's family was typical of the community in that it was large and finances were tight, but they still managed social activities like camping trips away, and belonging to the Scouts. Possibly there are times when he hasn't let facts get in the way of a good story but it is done in a entertaining way.
From the title I had expectations of a Beach Boys style surfing story, and I was glad to find something of a far more local flavour.
Posted by JMR
Catalogue link: Gods and Little Fishes