The Laughing Clowns: A tale of finding love again by going home

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Hachette Australia, Sep 25, 2012 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Now includes a bonus sample of William McInnes' beautiful new novel, The Birdwatcher.

Peter Kennedy is remarkably happy with his life. Yet something is not quite right, and it started with a dream that smelt of luncheon meat.

When a developer asks Peter to assess a prime piece of Queensland real estate – the Pickersgill Peninsula Showgrounds – he jumps at the chance. It will give him time out from having to be with the family he loves. And it will take him back to his childhood home; to his parents, his twin sister, Pearl, and his brother, Gary, the TV weatherman.

Over these few days, he will come to realise that sometimes when you go back to where you came from you find out how much you actually have, and how much you could lose. He just has to make his mind up, and listen to the advice that’s given by, of all people – the King of Hot Dogs.

But will he?

The Birdwatcher will be available 29 October 2013.

'William McInnes is insightful, thoughtful and funny.' Daily Telegraph

'a born storyteller' Saturday Age

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About the author (2012)

William McInnes is one of Australia’s most popular writers, delighting readers with his memoirs A MAN’S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY and THAT’D BE RIGHT, his novel CRICKET KINGS, and his insight into Australian life since the 1940s, written with Essential Media and Entertainment, THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA. In 2011, with his wife Sarah Watt he co-wrote WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA, their celebration of family life in words and pictures. A month after the book’s release Sarah lost her battle with cancer. His books are bestsellers and award winners. In 2006 A MAN’S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY was selected as one of the Books Alive 50 Great Reads and William was named ‘Australian Newcomer of the Year’ at the Australian Book Industry (ABIA) Awards, and in 2007 CRICKET KINGS was shortlisted in the ‘Australian General Fiction Book of the Year’ category for these awards. WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA was named best non-fiction title in the Indie Awards 2012. As an actor, William received critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film ‘Look Both Ways’, written and directed by Sarah Watt. He is the Ambassador of the Year of Reading 2012, and Chair of the Museum of Democracy, Canberra.

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