Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover

Flesh Wounds

By Richard Glover

  • Release Date: 2015-08-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 75 Ratings
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A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family.

Richard Glover's favourite dinner party game is called 'Who's Got the Weirdest Parents?'. It's a game he always thinks he'll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard's English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could belong to. As he eventually accepted, the only way to make sense of the present was to go back to the past - but beware of what you might find there. Truth can leave wounds - even if they are only flesh wounds.

Part poignant family memoir, part rollicking venture into a 1970s Australia, this is a book for anyone who's wondered if their family is the oddest one on the planet. The answer: 'No'. There is always something stranger out there.

'Both poignant and wildly entertaining' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

'A new classic ... a breathtaking accomplishment in style and empathy' - THE AUSTRALIAN

'Heartbreaking and hilarious ... I couldn't put it down' - SUN-HERALD

'Engrossing and extremely funny' THE SATURDAY PAPER

'Not since UNRELIABLE MEMOIRS by Clive James has there been a funnier, more poignant portrait of an Australian childhood.' - AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

'Richard Glover has done the miraculous he's made ordinary family life extraordinarily entertaining' - AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS

'Sad, funny, revealing, optimistic and hopeful' - Jeanette Winterson


  • Flesh Wounds, Richard Glover

    By Chrissymvw
    I discovered this book in a Facebook comment regarding the top Book Club reads by a friend Michelle. What a fantastic mix of humour and the harsh reality of growing up with very quirky parents. It was also so refreshing to read a childhood story without the " woe is me " element". I have not belly laughed like this for ages! I left this book with a greater appreciation of my loving, but quirky parents. Thank you Richard
  • Flesh Wounds

    By Rampant Knight
    Too good to be so brief - a book for every human no matter what your parents were (or seemed to be ) like.
  • What a great read

    By LizzieM
    Somewhat gut wrenching, but such a great read. Thanks for sharing your life Richard.
  • Funny, thoroughly enjoyed reading it

    By candia
    I loved reading this book. I felt it was written the way Richard talks on his radio show, so the entire time I was reading it in Richards voice. Thoroughly enjoyed it! You never know what people have been through.