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Publisher Description

'I entered the world kicking and screaming in 1973. I put my theatrical entrance down to me craving a nicotine fix. Mum smoked, like a chimney, right through the nine months of pregnancy. As far as anyone knew back then smoking was good for the unborn child. I'm pretty sure smoking was even permitted in the Plunket rooms mum and I used to go to before I was born.

How I survived to tell the tale of my young years is a miracle - we had no seatbelts, no bike helmets, no sun screen, we had trampolines with exposed springs, playgrounds with concrete floors, we shared bath water, the dentist was known as the murder house and we had to endure summers with lawn prickles as ferocious as land-mines.

Back then service stations gave you service and petrol. I never saw mum get out of the car at a forecourt, she'd just wind the window down and hold the money out. If she tried that now she could be parked up at the pumps long enough for her family to file a missing persons report.

This is the story of my childhood. But it is probably the story of yours as well if you grew up in the 1980s. This is a book for any New Zealander who has ever been told to stop crying or you will be given something to really cry about.'

Biographies & Memoirs
1 October
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

KiwiSoph ,

Hilarious read of life in the 80's!

Got the sample, and had to read the rest! Well written and a true depiction of middle class family life in the 80's! Could relate to all the sayings in the book!! Recommend giving this book the time of day if you were a kid of the 80's era.

Sarasez ,


This is the first book I've read and was so happy with to bother taking the time to review (and I read a lot). Absolutely awesome, brings back memories of my childhood, especially cause I live in palmy and can relate to stuff in the book (I also went to dr claridge for my braces). Highly recommend for some laughs

Grass head ,

I love this book

This book is brilliant,funny and full of famous Dom humour !!

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