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Richard Glover's most recent book is "Flesh Wounds - a comic romp for anyone whose family was not what they ordered." It's been described by the British writer Jeanette Winterson as "Sad, funny, revealing, optimistic and hopeful" and by The Australian as "a breathtaking accomplishment in style and empathy". Richard's weekly humour column has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald for over twenty years. He also presents the top-rating Drive show on ABC radio in Sydney.

His books have been published in Poland and Italy. He's also author of "George Clooney's Haircut - and Other Cries for Help", "Desperate Husbands", "In bed with Jocasta", "The Dag's Dictionary", and "The P-Plate Parent" (co-written with Angela Webber). His book "The Mud House" - the story of building a mud-brick house in the middle of nowhere with no power tools - was published in a new revised edition in 2016. Many of these titles are also available as e-books.

Richard has written a few stage shows, including Lonestar, a stage show about country music, which toured nationally with Genevieve Lemon, and A Christmas Story, which was performed at the Sydney Opera House, with Richard Wherrett directing. He was also one of the co-authors of Breast Wishes.

Richard Glover has written two short novels for children - The Dirt Experiment and The Joke Trap. And a version of the Dag's Dictionary for kids, under the title The No-Minute Noodler.

In December 2011 he and Peter Fitzsimons achieved a record for the world's longest radio interview, supervised by the Guinness Book of Records. In 2012 he was appointed state ambassador for the National Year of Reading.

He lives with the Australian writer Debra Oswald, and is represented by Cameron's agency Phone (612) 93197199. Most of his books are published by HarperCollins.

Thank God It's Friday is also available as a podcast.

Some of his favourite things on the web are here, here and here.

What the reviewers say

On "Flesh Wounds"

"Not since 'Unreliable Memoirs' by Clive James has there been a funnier, more poignant portrait of an Australian childhood."
Simon Hughes, AFR Magazine

"Heartbreaking and hilarious...I couldn't put it down"
Tracey Spicer

"Sad, funny, revealing, optimistic and hopeful"
Jeanette Winterson

"Itís just wonderful"
Bill Bryson

"Magnificent. It is Catcher in the Rye, but sweeter and more raw."
Caroline Overington

On "Why Men are Necessary"

"Full-on, uncontrollable, laugh-till-you-weep stories. Glover has become the indispensible chronicler of Australian family life."
Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer-prize winning author of 'Year of Wonders and March'

On "The Mud House"

"It's like a long letter home from a friend who's a particularly gifted correspondent: sometimes chatty or funny, sometimes confessional, never forced or overwritten; and, most of all, telling a story, a fireside tale. I recommend it."
Matthew Parris, Spectator Australia

"This book manages, by some extraordinary feat, to be almost all things to all people and is hilarious to boot."
Candida Baker, Sydney Morning Herald

On "Desperate Husbands"

"Desperately, wickedly funny. I devoured it in one sitting, greedily checking ahead to see that I still had pages left. Richard Glover has done the miraculous - he's made ordinary family life extraordinarily entertaining. This is a must-read for anybody who's ever had a wife or a husband or a mother or a stove or a child or a pulse. Go ahead and open a page at random - you'll laugh out loud."
Augusten Burroughs, author of 'Running with Scissors'