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.
Richard has also been engaging in a hilarious #bookwar on Twitter with Rosie Waterland over her memoir The Anti-Cool Girl. Here’s just some of the tweets:
— Rosie Waterland (@RosieWaterland) September 20, 2015
— richard glover (@rglover702) September 18, 2015
— Fi Shep (@Photos_by_Fi) October 8, 2015
The Mud House, Richard’s memoir about building a house from scratch in the bush with his friends, is also being
reissued in January 2016!
A young man who didn’t know how to be a man.Two women willing to wrestle in mud. A friend who knew his way around a set of tools. Building a house was never so funny. Or so life-changing.
Posted on October 28, 2015 by Andrea