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One Hundred Years of Dirt


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''Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.''

Violence, treachery and cruelty run through the generational veins of Rick Morton's family. A horrific accident thrusts his mother and siblings into a world impossible for them to navigate, a life of poverty and drug addiction

''One Hundred Years of Dirt'' is an unflinching memoir in which the mother is a hero who is never rewarded. It is a meditation on the harshness of country life and the anger which can be passed down from generation to generation, and also a testimony to the strength of familial love and endurance.

But it is also the story of a gay man, whom, already aware as a young boy that being homosexual in a small country town was not a viable option, uses his own talents and resilience to get himself out, but not without screw-ups and breakdowns. Written with humour, self-awareness and passion, this is a powerful and uplifting memoir.

Rick Morton has escaped his past and become a leading journalist and social affairs writer for The Australian.

Paperback, 192 Pages, Published July 2018

Author: Rick Morton

''One Hundred Years of Dirt had me spellbound from the get-go. Morton is a crack storyteller and his words and stories are infused with genuine compassion. It's a magnificent book, the clarity of it is inspiring''
Christos Tsiolkas

''Buy it. Read it. It is a memoir and a collection of essays, but much more than that. It is both broadly and deeply political without a syllable of lazy thinking or labelling. An overdue reminder that class remains a defining component of identity. Funny and tragic, often in the same sentence. And perhaps most important of all, written with a clarity and beauty that leaves me breathless.''
Prof. Margaret Simons, Monash University

''From the Birdsville Roadhouse to the Higgs Field, with an emotional rollercoaster in between, this is a brutally raw, beautifully written, remarkably brave memoir.''
Simon Crerar, Buzzfeed Australia

''Incredible. I laughed and cried and punched the air often and all at once. The story explains your brilliant insight into how poverty, class & trauma shape lives and how blind we are to their power.”
Sarah MacDonald, ABC Radio

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