Tales of adventure, misadventure, love and loss - this collection of non-fiction short stories from the Australian rock legend turned writer is vintage Jimmy.
Outrageous, witty, warm and wise, Killing Time shares more than forty yarns reflecting an epic life - from an encounter with a soul legend in Memphis, a night in a haunted studio in upstate New York, and a doomed haircut in Thailand to a madcap misunderstanding in a Japanese ski resort, a family feud on a remote coral atoll, and an all-too-revealing appearance for a Sydney charity.
PRAISE FOR KILLING TIME:
"A moving and deeply felt kaleidoscope of life, love, family, music, friendship and the fragility of time. Barnes proved his storytelling mettle with his memoirs. But in Killing Time he has refined his unique voice with this wildly entertaining suite of tales, anecdotes, observations and reflections that can have you laughing out loud on one page and moved to tears on the next. It is all here, the joys and fears of parenthood, the search for your sense of place, fortune-tellers, the loss of beloved pets, bad golf, ghosts, backstage stories, celebrities, the homeless, and the wonder of being alive, all told with searing honesty. What sets Barnes's writing above the rest is that it comes from an authentic and soulful place. His work cannot help but ring true, like the strike of a tuning fork." Matt Condon
"Jimmy Barnes is never a bystander. Stories happen to him. He not only remembers every circumstance, he has the ability to distil the moment in a way that's both poetic and uncontrived. He's funny, chaotic, insightful and heartbreaking. Jimmy is truly a natural-born storyteller. It's like writing has just been waiting for him to arrive. And now, he's here." Mandy Nolan
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If we’ve learnt anything from Jimmy Barnes, it’s that he loves a yarn as much as being on stage. The new book from the Aussie rock icon and author, Killing Time, isn’t a memoir like his first two—it’s more a collection of thoughtfully written, witty and tender anecdotes, documenting the in-between moments of his life. The stories are about everything from Barnesy’s family to his travels, friendships and addiction, and range from the hilarious, sweet and silly to the utterly heart-wrenching. It’s clear that the former Cold Chisel frontman not only loves writing and sharing these stories, but has done so with refined skill. Barnes has produced another engaging, well-crafted read that’s deeply satisfying, whether you devour it whole or prefer to dip in and out, one story at a time.