From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Voyage of Jack de Crow, a hilarious and heart-warming memoir of teaching, treasure hunts and finding your own way in life.
A hilarious and heart-warming memoir of teaching, treasure hunts and finding your own way in life
A.J. ‘Sandy’ Mackinnon is best known to readers as a much-loved travel writer. But between eccentric voyages, he has for almost forty years taught at schools in Australia and the UK. In Quaint Deeds he brings his trademark wit and warmth to the classroom, recalling the ups, downs and unexpected detours of a teaching life. Along the way, he shares the lessons his students have taught him, often in the most unlikely moments – whether playing pranks, experimenting with home-made fireworks, or searching for buried treasure in the English countryside.
Uproarious and insightful in equal measure, Quaint Deeds is an irresistible ode to the magic and mystery of youth.
‘Not just an adventurer, but an artist, philosopher and keen observer of the world around him’ —The Canberra Times
‘[A.J. Mackinnon] is just such charming company … a really lovely book’ —Sue Cole, ABC Radio
‘A treasure trove of laughs … Mackinnon is a playful wordsmith and mischievous storyteller who sees magic and possibility everywhere. Even in its levity, this book is deeply poignant’ —Sarah Bacaller, The Big Issue
‘This is a joyful and thought-provoking read for teachers, and anyone whose life course has been changed by one.’ —Cheryl Akle, The Australian