Claudio Alcorso arrived in Australia from Italy in 1937. When World War II broke out he volunteered and joined the RAAF, but was later interned. His fascinating memoirs, however, reveal no bitterness over this gross injustice. Rather, they show his genuinely humble but keen intelligence, and his capacity for reflection and sensitive analysis of social and political issues such as multiculturalism and the environment.
In lucid and gentle prose, Alcorso takes us from his beginnings in Italy to his current life as the owner of the successful Moorilla vineyard in Tasmania. Episodes along the way include his involvement with the Australian Opera, his enormous contribution to the textile industry, and active participation in the Franklin river dispute.
'The Wind You Say' is an exceptional autobiography, of a civilised and self-effacing man, at peace with himself and with the world at large.