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              The Land Before Avocado
               

              The Land Before Avocado (EPUB ebook)

              By Glover, Richard

              The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 'It was simpler time'. We had more fun back then'. 'Everyone could afford a house'.There's plenty of nostalgia right now for the Austr...alia of the past, but what was it really like?In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It's a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing.It's the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late '60s and early '70s.Let's break the news now: they didn't have avocado.It's a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It is also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes - often enshrined in law - towards anybody who didn't fit in.The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, feel angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were, not so long ago.Most of all, it will make you realise how far we've come - and how much further we can go.PRAISERichard Glover's just-published The Land Before Avocado is a wonderful and witty journey back in time to life in the early 1970s. For a start, he deftly reclaims the book's title fruit from those who have positioned it as a proxy for all that is wrong with today's supposedly feckless and spendthrift young adults. Rather than maligning the avocado (and young people), he cleverly appropriates the fruit as an exemplar of how far we have come since the 1970s' Richard Wakelin, Australian Financial Review'This is vintage Glover - warm, wise and very, very funny. Brimming with excruciating insights into life in the late sixties and early seventies, The Land Before Avocado explains why this was the cultural revolution we had to have' Hugh Mackay 'Hilarious and horrifying, this is the ultimate intergenerational conversation starter' Annabel Crabb PRAISE
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              ISBN 9781460711002
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              Published NZ 22 Oct 2018
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Flesh Wounds
               

              Flesh Wounds (EPUB ebook)

              By Glover, Richard

              A deluded mother who invented her past, an alcoholic father who couldn't deal with the present, 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 hopeful search for the truth, 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.PRAISE FOR FLESH WOUNDS'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'Sad, funny, revealing, optimistic and hopeful' - Jeanette Winterson
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              ISBN 9781460705025
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              Published NZ 24 Aug 2015
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              The Land Before Avocado

              The Land Before Avocado (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Glover, Richard

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              The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. It was simpler time . We had more fun back then . Everyone could afford a house . There's plenty of nostalgia right now for the Austra...lia of the past, but what was it really like? In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It's a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing. It's the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late 60's and early '70s. Let's break the news now: they didn't have avocado. It's a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes - often enshrined in law - towards anybody who didn't fit in. The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, be angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were, not so long ago. Most of all it will make you realise how far we've come - and how much further we can go.
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              ISBN 9780733339813
              Published NZ 22 Oct 2018
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Flesh Wounds

              Flesh Wounds (Paperback)

              By Glover, Richard

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              A deluded mother who invented her past, an alcoholic father who couldn't deal with the present, 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 hopeful search for the truth, 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. PRAISE FOR FLESH WOUNDS '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 'Sad, funny, revealing, optimistic and hopeful' - Jeanette Winterson
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              ISBN 9780733340994
              Published NZ 24 Feb 2020
              Publisher ABC Books
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              Why Men are Necessary and More News From Nowhere
               

              Why Men are Necessary and More News From Nowhere (Paperback)

              By Glover, Richard

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              Wickedly funny stories of everyday life as are heard on ABC radio'S THANK GOD IT'S FRIDAY. Meet the sexy and feisty Jocasta; confront teenage rebellion in the form of a fish called Wanda. In Richard Glover's stories, everyday life becomes vivid, magical and laugh-out-loud funny.

              ISBN 9780733329159
              Published NZ 1 Oct 2010
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              Desperate Husbands
               

              Desperate Husbands (Paperback, New title)

              By Glover, Richard

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              Lifts the lid on so called normal family life and reveals its soulful, hilarious absurdity. Welcome to a world where household appliances conspire against their owners, fathers practise ballet in the hallway and dead insects spell out SOS on the kitchen floor. This work follows o...n from In Bed With Jocasta .
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              ISBN 9780732282509
              Published NZ 26 Oct 2005
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              In Bed with Jocasta
               

              In Bed with Jocasta (Paperback)

              By Glover, Richard

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              Written by Richard Glover, who writes every Sunday for the Sydney Morning Herald . This collection has been selected from the best of his columns, featuring his wife Jocasta and their children Batboy and the Space Cadet, and the traumas, perplexities and strange pleasures of thei...r life.
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              ISBN 9780732268640
              Published NZ 25 Oct 2000
              Publisher ABC Books
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              The Mud House: How Four Friends Built a Place in the Australian Bush
               

              The Mud House: How Four Friends Built a Place in the Australian Bush (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Glover, Richard

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              From the bestselling author of FLESH WOUNDS 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 power tools. Building a house has never been so funny. Or life-changing. 'Hilarious' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

              ISBN 9780733334429
              Published NZ 14 Dec 2015
              Publisher ABC Books
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              The Mud House: How Four Friends Built a Place in the Australian Bush
               

              The Mud House: How Four Friends Built a Place in the Australian Bush (Audio CD / Audio, Unabridged edition)

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              Four friends. One block of land. No power tools. 'One day,' Philip said, 'I'd like to build something bigger ...Like a house. We could just buy a block of land, you know, the four of us, and have a go.' It was just an idea. Then it started to take shape. In this frank, funny and ...thought-provoking memoir, Richard Glover describes how he and his friend Philip and their partners built a house in the bush on weekends. It was a huge and exhausting undertaking ...not least because they decided to use mudbricks. 'Imagine this - with mudbrick you have a building that is made out of the very earth it stands on ...there is another thing: the stuff is free. Once we buy the land we'll have no money left. This way we can get started as soon as we have the block.' In the end it took three years simply to make the bricks. As for the house itself ...But the process gave Richard the opportunity to examine things he had never quite reconciled to himself - big things like what it means to be a man, the nature of male relationships, fatherhood - and to challenge himself in the kind of blokey environment he had rejected. Above all, the mud house proved that even if it 'wasn't the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel' there is nothing like the satisfaction of making something with your own hands.
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              ISBN 9781489095398
              Published NZ 1 Feb 2016
              Publisher Bolinda Publishing
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              The Land Before Avocado (16pt Large Print Edition)
               

              The Land Before Avocado (16pt Large Print Edition) (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Glover, Richard

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              The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 'It was simpler time'. We had more fun back then'. 'Everyone could afford a house'. There's plenty of nostalgia right now for the Aust...ralia of the past, but what was it really like? In The Land Befor...
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              ISBN 9780369306180
              Released NZ 4 Dec 2018
              Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
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