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'McInnes applies a deft touch to a swag of recollections, shaping a yarn that should be listed with the national treasures.' Courier-Mail

'Life goes by so fast that sometimes it is good to wait and let the memories catch up. And there is no better place to do that than the backyard where you grew up.'

A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY looks back at the life of Colin McInnes, father of five, handyman and habitual Stubbie wearer, and his wife Iris, lover of shopping centre openings, Volkswagens and Dean Martin. It is a story about cane toads and backyard barbecues, French-Canadian Hell Drivers and footy games. Through the memories of their second son, William, we are transported to a time when incinerators took up space in every yard and K-Tel glass cutters were the pride of many a home. This is a book about people who aren't famous, but should be.

One of Australia's best loved writers, William McInnes makes us laugh, cry and grab life with both hands.

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A Man's Got to Have a Hobby
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Larconic and clever
May 11th, 2015
Unpretentious, larconic, funny and moving. William McInnes recounts child (and adult)hood tales with a typical Australian filter that is anything but typical due to his ability to be so emotionally articulate (as well as in the literary sense). I never felt as if he was 'cashing in' on jingoistic larrikinism nor did I suffer any cultural cringe. It was honest, insightful and always engaging. I can't wait to read his others.
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Funny as
December 19th, 2014
As a person who grew up in the Brisbane area it brought back many memories. The humerous twist put to these had me in stitches! A great read.
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