" The Land Before Avocado "

This is a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: the Australia of the late ’60s and early ’70s. 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. Let’s break the news now: they didn’t have avocado.

‘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

Richard Glover

About the Author

Richard Glover’s most recent book is “The Land Before Avocado: Journeys in a lost Australia” It’s been described by Hugh Mackay as “warm, wise and very, very funny”, and by Annabel Crabb as “Hilarious and horrifying, the ultimate intergenerational conversation starter’ . Richard is also author of “Flesh Wounds – a comic romp for anyone whose family was not what they ordered.” He writes regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Washington Post, and presents the comedy show Thank God It’s Friday on ABC local radio.

Praise for "Flesh Wounds":

“Poignant and wildly entertaining” The Sydney Morning Herald
“Engrossing and extremely funny” The Saturday Paper
“Heartbreaking and hilarious” The Sun-Herald
“A new classic … a breathtaking accomplishment in style and empathy” The Australian
“Not since ‘Unreliable Memoirs’ by Clive James has there been a funnier, more poignant portrait of an Australian childhood” The Australian Financial Review

The Mud House: Four friends, One block of land, No power tools

Publisher: HarperCollins

This frank, funny and thought-provoking memoir describes how Richard and his friend Philip built a mud brick house in the bush on weekends. This huge and exhausting undertaking — it took eight years simply to make the bricks — examines what it means to be a man, the nature of male friendships, improvised housebuilding techniques, and the extraordinary accomplishment of making something with your own hands.

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What People Say

  • What people are saying about Flesh Wounds:

    “The best Australian memoir I’ve read is Richard Glover’s Flesh Wounds.”

    Greg Sheridan
  • What people are saying about Flesh Wounds:

    “It’s just wonderful”

    Bill Bryson
  • What people are saying about Flesh Wounds:

    “Sad, funny, revealing, optimistic and hopeful”

    Jeanette Winterson

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