Things You Get For Free

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Scribe Publications Pty Limited, Oct 29, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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At the age of thirty-four, Michael McGirr decides to take his charming and inimitable mum on the honeymoon she and her late husband never got around to having. Between recounting their hilarious travels around Europe and meditating on the historical figures who dot their voyage — everyone from Hemingway to Michelangelo to the quietly heroic people who inspire McGirr’s special brand of faith — he plunges deep into his family history, unearthing sickness and depression but also moments of great love and perseverance.

Things You Get for Free is a deeply moving spiritual and intellectual journey that sparkles with McGirr’s singular wit and proves the truth behind his mother’s favourite saying: ‘I know more than you think I know.’

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Picked this one up from the hostel exchange shelf in Karratha. Interesting read and makes me think of a trip my father took in the 1960s with his mother to Italy when he was still in the priesthood. I like how he weaves the past in with the present and the people he and his mum met on the trip. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Michael McGirr, born in 1961, is an essayist, reviewer, prize-winning short-story writer and teacher. A former Jesuit priest, he has been the publisher of Eureka Street and editor of Australian Catholics; and is the author of Unhinged Saints, Tim Winton: the writer and his work, Bypass: the story of a road, and The Lost Art of Sleep. He lives in Melbourne with his wife, Jenny, and their three children.

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