Free to a Good Home

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Black Inc., Dec 1, 2009 - Humor - 224 pages
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Take two reality pills and call me in the morning.

Swine Flu. Financial meltdown. It's been a bad year for pigs and pigs in suits. The only thing for it is a good dose of Catherine Deveny, who each week in the Age puts everything into perspective with her trademark iconoclastic wit.

Free to a Good Home includes her thoughts on gifted children and breakfast television, sexy billboards and the bill of rights. She reflects on her youngest child's first day at school, and on how to be happy in hard times.

Fearlessly funny and always provocative, Deveny is the perfect antidote to the modern world's ills.

Can anyone explain why I did this? I went to the chemist and bought this crap I put on my face to make me look younger. I put the jar on the counter. The chemist girl said, 'Is this stuff any good?' I said, 'Yeah.' She said, 'Really?' I said, 'I'm sixty.' Eyes like saucers, mouth agape, she gasped, 'OH MY GOD! Sixty! Toula! Fatima! Kelly! Come and check out this old lady. She's sixty!' So the other chemist girls scurried over and after a bit of oohing and aahing one said, 'Oh my God! Sixty? You look like you're forty-five!' 

I'm forty. Chemist girls, one. Smart-arse, zero.

 

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Free to a Good Home is a collection of opinion pieces Catherine Deveny has written for the Age. In this book Deveny tears up marriage, rips into religion and private schools, jokes about swine flu and ... Read full review

Contents

A Proposed Australian Bill of Shell Be Rights Mate
1
Marriage
11
Sexpo
17
Chick and Lad Mags
24
International Womens Day
32
Model Families
38
Bogans
47
Charlie
55
Planetshakers
95
The Mind Body Spirit Festival
103
Dev Comes for the Archbishop
109
Hey Hey Its Saturday
135
Packed to the Rafters
139
Celebrity MasterChef
153
Money for Jam
166
The Howard Years
179

Kids on Planes
62
You Know Youre From Melbourne If Continued
69
God on the Couch
89
The Ugly Truth
188
Oprah
201
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About the author (2009)

Catherine Deveny is a television comedy writer, comedian, author, social commentator and broadcaster well known for her work as columnist with the Age newspaper and as an ABC regular.

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