A brutally raw, beautifully written, remarkably brave memoir about family, trauma and, above all, love.
Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.
Violence, treachery and cruelty run through the generational veins of Rick Morton's family. A horrific accident thrusts his mother and siblings into a world impossible for them to navigate, a life of poverty and drug addiction. One Hundred Years of Dirt is an unflinching memoir in which the mother is a hero who is never rewarded. It is a meditation on the anger, fear of others and an obsession with real and imagined borders. Yet it is also a testimony to the strength of familial love and endurance.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In this fascinating audiobook, journalist Rick Morton delivers a profound statement on the inequities in Australian society today, framed by the poverty and violence that have scarred his family for decades. Morton’s memoir weaves together generations of stories about aggressive men and the women and children doing their best to survive them, thoughtfully covering a raft of topics from education to suicide to queerness. The author’s affable narration layers the darker moments with curiosity and hope, bringing warmth and humanity to the compelling scientific observations and research studies that are spread throughout.