There is magic in the sky. Birds flying and floating above and around us, often unnoticed. Sometimes, when you least expect it, their magic will touch you.
This is a story about a bloke who's losing his hearing; a bird that can't fly but likes being read to; and a teenage daughter who doesn't know who to be angry at.
It's about a woman living with the echo of illness finding out how much fun it can be to trust someone; a man called Murph who has a secret; and Perry Como.
It's part love story, part Hot Diggity moments of discovery, whether they happen in a rainforest or while sitting on a verandah, or in somebody's heart.
It's about cold outdoor showers and people not quite being complete. But, most of all, it's about giving yourself the gift to be still while you wait for the lights to change or the rain to stop, so you have time to think.
For all of us, there are memories and secrets that can change our lives. If we let them.
PRAISE for William McInnes's previous books:
'skilfully constructed...insightful, understated and very funny' Sydney Morning Herald
on The Laughing Clowns 'The Making of Modern Australia
is a ripper' The Canberra Times
'William McInnes compels with the sheer delightfulness of his memoir, and with his fine ability to spin a damn funny yarn' Sunday Telegraph
on A Man's Got to have a Hobby
'funny and clever' Daily Telegraph
on That'd be Right
'A big-hearted novel with character' Sunday Telegraph
on Cricket Kings
Number of Pages: 288
Publication Date: 29 Oct 2013
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication City, Country: Sydney, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.3(H) x 15(L) x 2.2(W)
Weight (gm): 390
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 novels CRICKET KINGS, THE LAUGHING CLOWNS and THE BIRDWATCHER, 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, which was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and the Indie Awards in 2012. In 2014, he wrote HOLIDAYS, his unique perspective on the Australian obsession with taking a hard-earned break.
Also an award-winning actor, William has won two Logies and an AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in the film UNFINISHED SKY. He received critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film LOOK BOTH WAYS, written and directed by Sarah Watt, and recently starred in the ABC television series THE TIME OF OUR LIVES and HELLO BIRDIE.
William McInnes grew up in Queensland and lives in Melbourne with his two children.