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Publisher's Summary

Meet the Law family - eccentric, endearing and hard to resist. Your guide: Benjamin, the third of five children and a born humorist. Join him as he tries to answer some puzzling questions: Why won't his Chinese dad wear made-in-China underpants? Why was most of his extended family deported in the 1980s? Will his childhood dreams of Home and Away stardom come to nothing? What are his chances of finding love? Hilarious and moving, The Family Law is a linked series of tales from a wonderful Australian talent.

Warning: This title contains explicit content.

©2011 Benjamin Law (P)2014 Audible Studios

Critic Reviews

"Law is a writer of great wit and warmth who combines apparently artless and effortless comedian's patter with a high level of technical skill." (Sydney Morning Herald)
"An addictive read." (The Courier Mail)

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  • Tony Wood
  • 08-15-15

Some interesting insights

On listening to the first chapter of the book I was wondering what possessed me to buy this one, but once I'd got used to Ben's style I settled down to really enjoy the stories and quirks of this Australian Chinese family, and felt rather sorry to be leaving them as the final chapter came to a close.
In many ways the book is just a series of snapshots of any family growing up, but the peculiarities of Ben's parents, the family's sometimes strange ways and Ben's way of looking at events give the stories just enough differences to make me want to keep on, to find out what happened next, and how things were resolved.
Definitely worth a listen.

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  • Rachel
  • 07-29-15

Didn't grip me

I really tried to get into this book, I just didn't manage it. There is nothing I can pinpoint wrong with it, it just didn't grab me enough to bother to continue listening. I didn't finish it.

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  • Victor Borghero
  • 06-19-15

Chinese Family Growing Up in Queensland

You will enjoy this book with the humour and history of a Chinese family growing up on the Sunshine Coast. Also the author does the reading. Fantastic read.

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  • Marion
  • 02-28-15

Charming Story of a chinese/australian family

A charming story of a large chinese/ australian family.
Told so humours by one of the sons, in a funny ,but honest account of all the large and small issues of growing up.

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  • Adam
  • 10-23-17

Funny, sad, sometimes unsettling

An autobiography that mixes the challenges of race, immigration and sexuality in Australia in the setting of a home life that is both very difficult and somewhat privileged.
I enjoyed the story, it was a good ride. Written in a series of anecdotes, it's timeline wasn't linear and jumped back and forth across about a decade, which made it a little difficult to keep track of things. Each section ended with a little phrase or reference, most of which were funny or poignant, but a number missed the mark and felt contrived.
Law narrated well and allowed plenty of wry humour to come through.

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  • Patricia
  • 02-20-17

Good book

This was a good book. Interesting, and very Australian. I enjoyed it. The tv show was good as well.

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  • virginia brown
  • 06-24-16

Love this book... it's a great read...

fabulous story about a very interesting family....loved ever second of it...please write more....loved his other book too...

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  • phoebe
  • 03-10-16

excellent enjoyable fascinating

so funny. such a different family from mine. I enjoyed the frank honesty and felt for ben through the hard times. enjoying the tv show now too.

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  • Jennie Begg
  • 07-15-15

A Law unto himself

My daughter and I tried this on a long car trip - we both gave up after the third chapter, agreeing it was bad.

Basically it's self indulgent, tasteless, only mildly funny in patches and the rest is gross - gratuitous details of birth, periods, sanitary pads and other stuff which was frankly boring. Couldnt raise a laugh at his poor Gran's ashes.

Some of the material might have made a skit. Not a book. Ugh.

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  • Paddington
  • 04-09-15

Has promise but unnecessarily crude

Overall there was an interesting story to tell but needs fine tuning. I did get this for free and I nearly discontinued listening because in the beginning the language was far too crude and not entertaining. While I am aware that some less fortunate Australians may speak like this and sadly migrants have to often settle in their neigbourhood for economic reasons where they unfortunately pick up bad language & habits; this is NOT acceptable to most of us!
Ben's experience growing up in Queensland is fascinating and he has a gift of being amusing in the telling SO there is no need to be so crude! I was relieved that as the story continued this distasteful unnecessary language disappeared making way for a better listen. There is more story to tell, come on Ben forget the crudeness and just get on with writing from the heart.