• Detours

  • By: Tim Rogers
  • Narrated by: Tim Rogers
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (1 rating)

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Publisher's Summary

A charming, honest, funny, sad, tender and beautiful literary memoir, from Tim Rogers of You Am I. Think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, by way of Banjo Paterson.
"Rogers is a beautiful writer, both literate and lyrical ... Detours makes most rock memoirs look like How to Hypnotise Chooks. A heartbreaking work of staggering honesty." (West Australian)
"Of all the utterances delivered to me by strangers, my least favourite after 'We can no longer legally serve you' would have to be, 'Well, that isn't very rock'n'roll.'"
Tim Rogers of You Am I has always been a complicated man: a hard-drinking musician with the soul of a poet; a flamboyant flâneur; a raconteur, a romantic and a raffish ne'er-do-well. In this offbeat, endearing memoir, Tim walks us through years jam-packed with love, shame, joy, enthusiasms, regrets, fights, family - and music, always music.
A work of real grace and tenderness, Detours is often impossibly sad and beautiful - but also full of wit, wordplay and punching jolts of larrikin energy to make you laugh out loud.
©2017 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Rogers is a beautiful memoirist...[Detours is] an authentic, beautiful, unusual - and yes, brave - book that stands up on its own as a strong work of literature." (The Guardian)
"The good news is that our Tim can write. Every sentence trails a floaty scarf. A few of them have a floppy hat over one eye." (Don Walker)
"Artfully written and reflective...descriptive, insightful and anecdote-rich." (Herald Sun)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ben Hughes on 05-23-18

A great example of self-narrated autobiography

Being a You Am I fan, I was always going to love this book (and I did), but what made it far more enjoyable than I had imagined was Tim Rogers' delivery. I've recently listened to another Aussie rock icon's self-narrated autobiography, and was disappointed that - at times - the author was essentially just reading from the page as if it was a year 7 book report. No so with Tim Rogers. Here, Tim's inflection, pauses and overall poetic reading style brought the stories to life. This is a craft in itself, and I'd love to see Tim lending his voice to other written works.

The mock phone conversation between Tim and his Mum was brilliant and hilarious; his frank discussion about his relationship with his daughter was just beautiful; and the affection for which he speaks of his bandmates, family and friends shows a side of him that we might miss if we only focus on the swaggering, screaming, spitting, on-stage version of this gentle soul.

I've had opportunities to meet Tim a handful of times, and in each instance my shyness let me down. After reading this book, I might not waste any future chances. I reckon we'd get along pretty good.

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5 out of 5 stars
By William Radford on 02-15-18

Glad I Detoured

This is pure heart all the way through!
His shirt must have blood stains on the sleeves, as his heart has spent the whole writing process!
Congratulations Tim
I've read it and listened to it and was captivated!

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