I've almost a quarter of a century on this son of Paul WEBB - but he's been canny enough to write as if he grew up in Tamworth NSW with my step-father (d. 1984) and my own entry into tertiary studies and relationship fails - learning how to be a regular guy - and basically failing - then realising the fail was the doorway into being me! And given my nearly two decades out of the anglophone world - the writer was totally off my radar! So how glad I am to meet him via this totally moving work. Well done, mate!
Rob's beloved mum left his violent laddish Dad when he was a small boy, and one of the poignant notes is his struggle to understand and forgive the Dad who loved him, but had made a rotten father. Rob also looks back at his own often self-centred behaviour, and how his private griefs contributed to this, when they intersected with the requirements of 'manhood' to be tough etc, which is a major theme. The middle section paints a vivid picture of his teenage world, which I found engrossing. If you like his TV show with David Mitchell, Peepshow, you will definitely like this book, they both like to peel back the surface and reveal the underbelly of our everyday motivations.