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Publisher's Summary

A charming, honest, funny, sad, tender and beautiful literary memoir, from Tim Rogers of You Am I. Think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, by way of Banjo Paterson.

"Rogers is a beautiful writer, both literate and lyrical ... Detours makes most rock memoirs look like How to Hypnotise Chooks. A heartbreaking work of staggering honesty." (West Australian)

"Of all the utterances delivered to me by strangers, my least favourite after 'We can no longer legally serve you' would have to be, 'Well, that isn't very rock'n'roll.'"

Tim Rogers of You Am I has always been a complicated man: a hard-drinking musician with the soul of a poet; a flamboyant flâneur; a raconteur, a romantic and a raffish ne'er-do-well. In this offbeat, endearing memoir, Tim walks us through years jam-packed with love, shame, joy, enthusiasms, regrets, fights, family - and music, always music.

A work of real grace and tenderness, Detours is often impossibly sad and beautiful - but also full of wit, wordplay and punching jolts of larrikin energy to make you laugh out loud.

©2017 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers Australia pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Rogers is a beautiful memoirist...[Detours is] an authentic, beautiful, unusual - and yes, brave - book that stands up on its own as a strong work of literature." (The Guardian)
"The good news is that our Tim can write. Every sentence trails a floaty scarf. A few of them have a floppy hat over one eye." (Don Walker)
"Artfully written and reflective ... descriptive, insightful and anecdote-rich." (Herald Sun)

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  • Kazcrawf
  • 01-13-18

Loved Tim's reading

I enjoyed listening to Tim Roger narrate his memoir, it's like listening to someone tell you personal stories. Every now and then he'll even throw in a song.