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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,

Flesh Wounds author 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. The answer: ‘No’. There is always something stranger out there.

Richard Glover is well known as a radio broadcaster, newspaper columnist and author, including the humour book Desperate Husbands, which was a bestseller in Australia and has been published in translation in Italy and Poland. 

‘Not since UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS by Clive James has there been a funnier, more poignant portrait of an Australian childhood.’ – The Australian Financial Review

Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover – click here to purchase from Dymocks

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  1. My sister and I often thought the Rockerfellas got the wrong girls, champagne tastes on a beer budget.

  2. Some parents could say they were dropped the wrong kids.

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    • I would say the children were fine its some of the grandchildren that have been dropped at the wrong address lol

    • Most definitely! And years ago they were taken away to the nursery after birth so who’s to say you get the right one back especially when they are the devils child!

  3. I listened to Richard Glover talk about his book on Coastal Conversations on ABC several weeks ago. It appears he has penned a humorous book and what is quite a serious topic. This one is on my ‘must read’ list. On a personal note, I don’t know who was more out of place, me, my mother or my siblings. All completely different people that never really adjusted to each other.

  4. I was meant to be rich and famous – obviously they didn’t have GPS seventy odd years ago. Ah well, it’s been a good life anyway…….

  5. This is the best book I’ve read in ages. Richard writes about a sad childhood with no complaints in a book tinged with comedy moments. Beautifully written by a brilliant writer.

  6. I was adopted through a solicitor. 1949.
    The Supervising Night sister at womens crown St hospital (on the babies ward) rang her sister to say there is a baby girl here that would suit you!.
    Within 10 days I had a new mum and my new aunt, the nursing sister.
    Crazy how they could do that back then.

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  7. I like Richard Glover on his radio program. A lot of people in the media seem to have had difficult childhoods.

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  8. Someone said to me a while ago ‘We are all in exactly the right place we are meant to be, right now’. I often think about it & determined that I have lived the life I was meant to – & learned from the saying where I could.

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