“Why do so many expatriates carry within their psyche a dormant feeling, almost unnoticed, but perpetually present, of not knowing just where they belong?”
Conceived late in the year of 1939, Lidia was born when the world was in chaos.
The events of WWII in Europe shaped her young life and her family’s. They escaped from Istria, a region of Italy, some 4 or 5 years later, without documents and by a sheer miracle.
Harsh conditions in Australia in the early 1950s, especially in the refugee camps of the outback, were challenging for the young family of 4. Through hard work and determination, they came to embrace the language and the culture. Lidia lost a part of her history, until, a trip back to Italy and her birthplace in 1984 reconnected the protagonist with some of the survivors of the difficult war era.
Train to Australia is a familiar migrant story, that tells the tale of the force of war in a young girl’s life and her growing into an adult and assimilating into a culture not her own. Follow Lidia through her life and across continents in this roller-coaster of a story.