ANU/CANBERRA TIMES EAT, DRINK AND BE LITERARY
Follow Richard Glover on funny and frank journey to the way Australia used to be – and just how far we have come. In his new book, The Land Before Avocado, Richard takes us on a journey, which he will also illustrate, to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It’s a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing.
It’s the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late 60’s and early ’70s. It’s a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes – often enshrined in law – towards anybody who didn’t fit in.
The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, be angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were, not so long ago. Most of all it will make you realise how far we’ve come – and how much further we can go.
Richard Glover, one of Australia’s most well known journalists and broadcasters. has written a number of bestselling books, including In Bed with Jocasta and George Clooney’s Haircut and Other Cries for Help. His most recent book, the acclaimed memoir Flesh Wounds, which Bill Bryson, in the New York Times, called ‘A funny, moving, very entertaining memoir’, was voted by viewers of ABC Televisions’ ‘The Book Club’ as one of their Top 5 favourite books of the year. Richard also writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald and presents the Drive show on ABC Sydney.
Pre-dinner book signings and a cash-bar will be available from 6.15pm in the Common Room of University House and then again after the event. This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase on the night.
Dinner starts at 7pm. Tickets are $78 per person and includes a two-course special 1970s ‘retro’ meal, wine, tea and coffee.
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