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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.
©2015 Richard Glover (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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By Awarenessing on 11-28-15

Such a Meaningful Reflection

This is a masterful and generous reflection on the difficulties of family life. Richard Glover shows his strength of character in building a story of resilience into the hilarious complaint we all carry about our failed family bonds. It's one of the best memoirs I've ever read. I recommended it wholeheartedly.

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By Gracious on 09-04-15

So comforting

The spoken word is the way to take in a book like this. To hear the emotion in the author's own voice enabled me to connect at a really visceral level, and to know it's not just me. If Richard Glover can survive, so can I. So can we all. You won't regret purchasing this book.

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By BABS on 10-09-15

Entertaining and highly recommended

Loved this book. Listened to it whilst running. Usually tortuous - the run flew by! I actually didn't want my run to end sometimes as I was hanging out for the next instalment. That's an achievement!

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