Written and read by best-selling Australian author and much-loved actor William McInnes, this is a story about our love affair with holidays.
It's about going away and staying at home. It's about the relaxing times you had as a kid, escapes you have with your children and the stories you hear from your friends.
It can be about a romantic sunset, the spare seat at breakfast being taken by an attractive stranger, a miraculous airline upgrade - or missing bags, unfortunate rashes and wrong turns that lead to places you definitely did not intend to go.
But most of all it's about being in your backyard in an aboveground pool, floating in circles, staring at the clouds as you go round and round and knowing as you float that life is sweet because you're on holidays.
©2014 William McInnes (P)2015 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd
"Skillfully constructed...insightful, understated and very funny. (Sydney Morning Herald on The Laughing Clowns)
"The Making of Modern Australia is a ripper." (The Canberra Times)
"William McInnes compels with the sheer delightfulness of his memoir, and with his fine ability to spin a damn funny yarn." (Sunday Telegraph on A Man's Got To Have a Hobby)
'"Funny and clever." (Daily Telegraph on That'd Be Right)
"A big-hearted novel with character." (Sunday Telegraph on Cricket Kings)
I loved it. It brought back so many of my own memories of Australian holidays long ago. How William honours his wife is always very moving. I listen as I do early morning walks along the Yarra and through South Yarra so now when I look at local landmarks my thoughts go to the holiday places I was hearing about as I passed. Thank you William. Toni Planinsek
"Earnestly moving, nostalgic"
Hands down the best performed audio book ive had the pleasure of listening too. William McInnes's homage to the Aussie holiday is laconically funny and evokes images of a more innocent time of country that seemed somehow less self conscious. A fine stage actor in his own right, he delivers his own words in a way that noone else could, evoking different characters and locales one after the other. And, in the end, it's profound and touching but in the most truthful and understated way - perhaps the most beautiful thing of all.
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