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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.
ABC radio presenter and Sydney Morning Herald columnist 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, and will be of interest to fans of Augusten Burrough's ''Running With Scissors''.
Author: Richard Glover.
Paperback Published February 2020 in smaller format paperback 304 Pages,
Published originally September 2015.