The bestselling, hilarious memoir from one of Australia’s most adored performers and host of breakfast radio on Sydney’s 2DayFM with Harley Breen
Funny, feisty and fabulous, Em Rusciano’s insights into her world of mayhem, marriage and motherhood are a laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud balm for the soul.
From her exploits at the Miss Sheila Fancypants School of Dance and her efforts to secure a solo at her end-of-year performance, to embracing the spotlight as an Australian Idol contestant and her deep and abiding love for John Farnham, Em Rusciano is a self-confessed bottomless pit of anxiety with a taste for glitter.
And behind the stage make-up Em is an overachiever of epic proportions, camp to the core and fiercely maternal. She has all the insecurities of a person who spends their nights racked with self-doubt and all the confidence of a woman who can walk out onto a stage in front of a sold-out theatre and absolutely slay the crowd. Em has an army of gay men she adores, tells the best dirty jokes and loves those closest to her ferociously. When the chips are down you definitely want her by your side.
This all-singing, all-dancing, all-emoting, leopard-print clad warrior is fearless, fabulous and pants-wettingly funny. Her words on the page are silly and sacred, bawdy and heartfelt. The stuff of life.
Try Hard is her story.
Because she is. And she does.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Try Hard is like a cosy chat with your bestie that’s punctuated by shrieks of laughter. Em Rusciano’s life has been full to bursting. Since glimpsing fame as an Australian Idol runner-up in 2004, she’s managed to sustain a career as a radio host, columnist and stand-up comedian. Her book is tender, witty and unguarded, going behind her exuberant personality to reveal an improbably anxious nature. From her small-town childhood to her ascent as a performer, Rusciano’s confessional proves that making it look easy is far and away the hardest part.