The story of Alex’s House is based on my own childhood experiences. I grew up on a bush property on the far south coast 5km from Bermagui. When my parents were building our home, I built a house too.
My big sister and I loved each other very much, but we didn’t always want to play together. One of these times inspired me to start building my own cubby house.
As I built my cubby, I imagined lots of things such as how it would all fit together from all the things I had found. I also hoped friends would think it was so AMAZING and I spent hours imagining all the games we’d play all together. I included fun things like a ‘look out’ on the roof using an old telecom public phone plastic dome shelter thing. I made a ‘trap door’ for a fast escape when playing hide and seek and a slide. Like Alex the more things I found the more ideas I got.
My cubby house like Alex’s was built from my Mum and Dad’s building site junk pile and things I’d find at the Bermagui tip.
The book is self-published through Amazon to buy the book see link: Alex’s House by Joel Tarling
drawing childhood memories
Originally the character of Alex was a boy, but my wife and daughter pointed out there were not enough stories with girls as the hero and it was fair because girls aren’t represented enough. I thought this was a fair point and changed the protagonist to be a girl who builds her own cubby house. The real cubby house I built in the 80’s