The Accidental Radical is an exciting and thought-provoking read from start to finish. The story opens up in devastated post-war Holland and follows the De Groen family as they immigrate to Australia in the hope of a new life.
The harsh reality of new migrants is a horrendous challenge for the family and young Fia is determined to succeed.
As a teenager Fia’s life is suddenly turned upside down when she becomes involved in the plight of Aborigines and other injustices in a racially white Australia; trouble seems to follow her.
With early motherhood and a family breakdown she heads North in an old kombi van where she gets caught up with radical characters, dope dealers and politicians. From spending months in guerrilla style camps from the rainforest to the lawns of Parliament House, Fia’s exciting yet dangerous life finally catches up with her.
Sophia Hoeben spent her early childhood in Holland before migrating with her family to Australia in the 1950s. Growing up in the tumultuous sixties, she became a keen social observer, sensitised to the plight of the underdog. Her interest in writing came with the knowledge of the need for social and political change in the world.
Her first published article entitled ‘Black and White’ chronicled the struggle of the indigenous people in Western Australia against mining conglomerates. Since that time, her many short stories and poems have been published in the Nimbin News and the Nimbin Good Times. These articles were eclectic in nature covering many subjects which include politics, agriculture and sustainability.
Currently she lives communally in the hills of Nimbin, New South Wales pursuing spiritual growth through a deep and abiding commitment to the welfare of Mother Earth.
The Accidental Radical - An unplanned journey into the depths of the alternative sub-culture by Sophia Hoeben ISBN: 978-1-921731-
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