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The Land Before Avocado

Narrated by: Richard Glover
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, World Affairs
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The new book from the best-selling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 

There’s plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like? In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It’s a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and now and then surprisingly appealing. It’s the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late '60s and early '70s. 

Let’s break the news now: they didn’t have avocado. It’s a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It is also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes - often enshrined in law - towards anybody who didn’t fit in. 

The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, feel angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were not so long ago. Most of all, it will make you realise just how far we’ve come - and how much further we can go.

©2018 Richard Glover (P)2018 Bolinda

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Fantastic listen.

I grew up in Australia during this era and what a flashback. laughed alot and wondered how'd we make it through. Read by the author who does a top job throughout.

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You'll either love it, or hate it. I hated it.

If you like storytelling, the kind you might hear on NPR or CBC, you will probably like this book. If you are hoping for something that will give a deep, or even just interesting, insight into Australian culture, skip it.