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Fiona O'Loughlin was raised in the generation of children who were to be seen, but not heard ... unless there were guests in the house. Then she'd watch everyone, telling stories, making each other laugh. This was where she discovered the rhythm of stories and the lubrication that alcohol leant the telling. Years later, as a mum of five, Fiona would become one of Australia's most-loved comedians, performing gigs in New York, Montreal, Singapore, London, Toronto and Edinburgh. Fiona looked like she was living her dream - but she was hiding a secret in open sight, using alcoholism as material for her comedy and using comedy as an excuse for her alcoholism.

Truths from an Unreliable Witness is a fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir of melancholy, love, marriage, the loss of love and marriage, homelessness, of hotel rooms strewn with empty mini-bar bottles of vodka, of waking from a two-week coma, of putrid drug dens and using a jungle to confront yourself. It is about hitting rock bottom and then realising you are only halfway down. Ultimately, it's about hanging on to your last straw of sanity and finding laughter in the darkest of times. You may want to sit down for this...

 

Details

ISBN: 9780733645709
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 27 Oct 2020
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication City, Country: Sydney, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.2(H) x 15.2(L) x 2.8(W)
Weight (gm): 380

 

Author Biography

Fiona O'Loughlin is Australian comedy royalty with an award-winning career of almost twenty years. Fiona performs to packed houses across the globe, from headlining the world-renowned Improv Comedy Club in LA, to repeat seasons in Hong Kong, and performing at Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the UK's Leicester Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

As well as a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Fiona is an accomplished author, publishing Me of the Never Never in 2011. She has also appeared on I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks and Celebrity Apprentice among many others. Fiona lives in Adelaide.
Truths from an Unreliable Witness: Finding laughter in the darkest of places
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