Flesh Wounds

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ABC Books, Aug 24, 2015 - Authors - 304 pages
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A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family.

Richard Glover's favourite dinner party game is called 'Who's Got the Weirdest Parents?'. It's a game he always thinks he'll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard's English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could belong to. As he eventually accepted, the only way to make sense of the present was to go back to the past - but beware of what you might find there. Truth can leave wounds - even if they are only flesh wounds.

Part poignant family memoir, part rollicking venture into a 1970s Australia, this is a book for anyone who's wondered if their family is the oddest one on the planet. The answer: 'No'. There is always something stranger out there.

'Both poignant and wildly entertaining' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

'A new classic ... a breathtaking accomplishment in style and empathy' - THE AUSTRALIAN

'Heartbreaking and hilarious ... I couldn't put it down' - SUN-HERALD

'Engrossing and extremely funny' THE SATURDAY PAPER

'Not since UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS by Clive James has there been a funnier, more poignant portrait of an Australian childhood.' - AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

'Richard Glover has done the miraculous he's made ordinary family life extraordinarily entertaining' - AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS

'Sad, funny, revealing, optimistic and hopeful' - Jeanette Winterson

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If you thought you family was messed up, read about the author's. 'I was having adventures and misadventures, and both were probably the product of negotiating and adolescence unencumbered by ... Read full review

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Having followed Richard Glover's columns in the SMH for many years and listened to him on the ABC, I felt that I really knew Richard and his family. His new book Flesh Wounds reveals that he himself ... Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Richard Glover is an Australian talk radio presenter, journalist and author. He was born in Australia, but spent some of his early life in Papua New Guinea. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He has written 13 books, including the humour book Desperate Husbands, which was a bestseller in Australia. Glover presents the radio show Drive on ABC Sydney. Glover's writing for the stage includes Lonestar Lemon, which has toured nationally with Genevieve Lemon, and A Christmas Story, which premiered at the Sydney Opera House Drama Theatre in 1998. Glover is also a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. His weekly humour column has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald since 1985. His titles include The Joke Trap, The Mud House: Four Friends, One Block of Land, No Power Tools, George Clooney's Haircut and Other Cries for Help, and Why Men are Necessary and Other News from Nowhere. His title Flesh Wounds made the Indie Awards 2016 shortlists in the Nonfiction category.

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