Top positive review
Unpretentious, fabulous read
25 March 2016
I would never have voluntarily bought this book as I don't like biographies and while I like Amanda Keller it wasn't on my memoirs "must read" list. However a close colleague highly recommended it and as she rarely recommends books and said she laughed most of the way to work, I knew I had to read it. She was absolutely right, it was funny, real and hugely entertaining. This book is a delight from beginning to end taking us on a nostalgia filled journey through Amanda's life.
From her early days from Brisbane then Perth and her hilarious teenage years in Beecroft, Northwest Sydney which we can all relate to and her obsessions with 70s & 80s icons like Andy Bibb, Scott Baio, to her all time favourite Barry Manilow - you not only laugh with her but cringe at times too. To her fabulous times at the iconic Mitchell College Bathurst where she meets the most influential People in her life and career to the man himself Andrew Denton which she describes so affectionately... "As it turns out I met one of the most pivotal people in my life during my time in Bathurst. Andrew Denton. I think he called me a fishwife at our first meeting, and ever since we’ve taken great delight in offending one another and making each other laugh."
To the days we all relate to and remember from Simon Townsends Wonder World, MTV, The Midday Show, Beyond 2000, The Denton show, to Radio on Andrew Denton breakfast snow on triple M, WSFM with Jonesy and More recently she was able to officially represent an entire generation on Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation and share a couch on The Living Room.
Mostly, she is real and relatable and the writing is effortless making this an easy and entertaining read. To me the best parts of the book are not the ins and outs of her career but are her "aha" moments like when she reminisces "A few years ago I was given the gift of a ‘light bulb moment’. A group of us were lamenting the passing years when one woman who had lost her sister to cancer said, ‘Aren’t we lucky to be getting older?’"
Or when referencing the crazy balancing of getting through life and her schedule and she admits ..
"I’m a big fan of outsourcing. In the same way women feel the need to have drug-free labours, many of us are loathe to admit we have ‘help’."
These normal reflections make this a very unpretentious and a fabulous read. 5 solid stars.