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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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