The Laughing Clowns

Author(s): William McInnes

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Peter Kennedy is a very large man who is remarkably happy with his life. Yet something s not quite right, and it started with a dream that smelt of luncheon meat. Peter is successful at what he does, even though he s not sure what that is anymore. When Titan Development contracts him to go to Queensland to assess a prime piece of real estate the Pickersgill Peninsula Showgrounds he jumps at the chance. It will give him time out from having to be with the family he loves. And it will take him back to the home where he grew up; to his parents, who are members of the Show society, his twin sister Pearl, a bingo caller and foster mother, and his brother Gary, the TV weatherman. Over these few days, he will come to realise that sometimes when you go back to where you came from you find out how much you actually have, and how much you could lose. All he has to do is make his mind up, and listen to the advice that s given by, of all people the King of Hot Dogs. But will he?


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William McInnes is one of Australia s most popular writers, delighting readers with his memoirs A MAN S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY and THAT D BE RIGHT, his novel CRICKET KINGS, and his insight into Australian life since the 1940s, written with Essential Media and Entertainment, THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA. In 2011, with his wife Sarah Watt he co-wrote WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA, their celebration of family life in words and pictures. A month after the book s release Sarah lost her battle with cancer. These works are bestsellers and award winners. In 2006 A MAN S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY was selected as one of the Books Alive 50 Great Reads and William was named Australian Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry (ABIA) Awards, and in 2007 CRICKET KINGS was shortlisted in the Australian General Fiction Book of the Year category for these awards. WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA was named best the non-fiction title in the Indie Awards 2012. As an actor, William received critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film Look Both Ways , written and directed by Sarah Watt. William McInnes is the Ambassador of the Year of Reading 2012, and Chair of the Museum of Democracy, Canberra. William McInnes grew up in Queensland and now lives in Melbourne with his two children. Previous Books: Previous titles include: WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA (9780733628023, HB, 09/11), THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA (9780733624940, C Fmt, 07/10), THAT D BE RIGHT (9780733622533, C Fmt, 08/08), CRICKET KINGS (9780733621932, B Fmt, 08/07) and A MAN S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY (9780733620782, B Fmt, 07/06).

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  • : 9780733624094
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : 0.3
  • : April 2010
  • : 234mm X 155mm X 23mm
  • : Australia
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William McInnes
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 320