y Life Without the Boring Bits single work   autobiography  
Issue Details: First known date: 2011 2011
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'World-famous writer and national treasure Colleen McCullough has always resisted the idea of writing an autobiography - books on the subject of the self tend to be "stuffed to pussy′s bow with boring bits". But her mind has a life of its own. Here, finally, is its portrait.

Among the personal reminiscences and thought-provoking musings in Life Without the Boring Bits lie clues as to the shaping of this extraordinary mind: the confused, impulsive, thoughtlessly cruel mother; the miserly absentee father; the far-reaching effects bureaucrats can have on the lives of strangers; the riddle of Time ...

Colleen′s mind laughs at life. It cries at life. Its memory is phenomenal, its appetite for new knowledge insatiable. And though it holds the secrets to how the books were written, this is a mind that can tell stories against itself and see things that were never there.

If Colleen McCullough has any lesson to teach in Life Without the Boring Bits, it is that nothing above, below, or on the surface of the Earth can keep a good mind down, let alone break it.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication:
    Dearest Anthony,
    This is for you because we go back such an enormously long way, to days when you stuck your publishing neck out for me and began a friendship as deep as platonic, as enduring as chequered.
    Thank you too for giving me the only title this present work can possibly sustain, for if it isn't life without the boring bits, what is it?
    With much love, always loyal, Col.

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Works about this Work

After the Bestseller, the Deluge Fiona Gruber , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 January 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough 2011 single work autobiography
A Love-Hate Relationship Christine Cremen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2012; (p. 35)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough 2011 single work autobiography
Life in All Its Glory Blanche Clark , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 November 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough 2011 single work autobiography
Untitled Pip Newling , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , October vol. 91 no. 4 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough 2011 single work autobiography
Life in All Its Glory Blanche Clark , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 5 - 6 November 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough 2011 single work autobiography
Untitled Pip Newling , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , October vol. 91 no. 4 2011; (p. 29)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough 2011 single work autobiography
After the Bestseller, the Deluge Fiona Gruber , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 14-15 January 2012; (p. 20-21)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough 2011 single work autobiography
A Love-Hate Relationship Christine Cremen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28-29 January 2012; (p. 35)

— Review of Life Without the Boring Bits Colleen McCullough 2011 single work autobiography
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