Memoirs of Galina follows the true story of Galina Kuchina and her family. Originally from Russia, the family leave their home for China in search of a better life. The family endure a difficult time under Japanese occupation in China and live under Soviet rule following liberation by the Soviet Army. However, even during the most difficult times the young still studied, worked, fell in love and got married. Years later the family migrated to Australia and integrated into Australian life. Working life was punctuated by a full social life as well as an intense cultural commitment. Galina's interest in the theatre, literature and art led her to meet many leaders in their respective artistic fields. Family and spiritual life is fully explored in the book.
Born in 1929 in the city of Manchuria, China, Galina Kuchina was the daughter of a White Army officer. She graduated from high school in Hailar and completed her medical training in Harbin, China. She migrated to Australia in 1957 with her family where she enjoyed a career as a theatre sister in several hospitals. Her work is well received by readers in Russia where she has published several books and remains a regular contributor to various literary magazines.