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Publisher Description

In 1968 a newborn baby boy lay alone in a crib in an English Orphanage waiting for fate to decide what would become of him. Who could imagine that twelve months later he would be learning to walk through the bright red dirt of one of the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth; the Australian Outback. But this was just the beginning of his magical, gut wrenching and joyous journey to find himself and his place in the world... That little boy was me and this is my story.

Praise for "The boy who could tickle clouds"

"Warm and whimsical... Briggs' memoir is a laugh-out-loud coming of age story." William Yeoman The West Australian.

"I've known Steve for over 25 years. He is a natural storyteller and one of the funniest people I know. Although I wish I hadn't seen him naked. That's a long story that involves karaoke." Judith Lucy.

"Stephen has brilliantly captured the frontier life of the Pilbara in the 70s in his new memoir “The Boy Who Could Tickle Clouds”. It’s a great read that provides a snapshot of an earlier time here in the North West." Alex Hyman ABC North West

"Benny Hill has a LOT to answer for.." Jean Briggs (Stephens Mother)

Biographies & Memoirs
24 May
Stephen Briggs
Smashwords, Inc.

Customer Reviews

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What begins as a flood of nostalgic, and often outrageous, anecdotes, evolves into a poignant exploration of a son's relationship with his father, discovering he's adopted and dealing with his father's untimely death. This book is a particularly rewarding for children of the 70s/80s and those who love their dads.

Aznich ,

Funny, fantastically fulfilling tale of family

Beautifully entertaining. A story that makes you relive, remember and appreciate.

hillsreads ,

The Boy Who Could Tickle Clouds

Laughed, cried, squirmed and admired…brilliant book written by a brave author who 'strips bare' for our reading pleasure! We all have a fascination with other people's lives and experiences and Stephen shares a snapshot of his earlier years in a humorous and compellingly honest way…Loved it!

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