Love for Richard Glover’s Flesh Wounds

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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.Ricahard-Glover-at-bar1

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.

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Read Richard’s interview on Better Reading:

Read an extract on the Daily Debrief

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:


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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.

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Posted on October 28, 2015 by

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