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Issue Details: First known date: 2018... 2018 Turmoil : Letters from the Brink
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'Robyn Williams, presenter of The Science Show on ABC Radio, reveals all in Turmoil, a searingly honest and often blackly funny reflection on his life, friends, the people he loves and loathes, and a multi-faceted career that includes over forty years on radio. Robyn writes frankly about everything, from performing with Monty Python, his impressions of fellow scientists Richard Dawkins and David Attenborough, and his unique insights on climate change and the recent devaluing of science, to frugality and being treated for bowel cancer. '  (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Jonica

  • Epigraph:

    When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes. -W.H. Auden

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: NewSouth Publishing , 2018 .
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      Extent: 240p.
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      • Publication date 30 September 2018

      ISBN: 9781742235776

Works about this Work

Grasshopper Danielle Clode , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 405 2018; (p. 13-14)

'In 2014, veteran ABC science broadcaster Robyn Williams was diagnosed with bowel cancer. It was, he reports, his third brush with death, following cardiac arrest in 1988 and bladder cancer in 1991. His description of the experience, including surgical reduction of his gut and rectum and subsequent debilitating chemotherapy, is brief but graphic. He has survived, but the experience, as he puts it, quite literally, gave him the shits. More positively though, it also resulted in this book: a collection of letters from the brink, ‘the book you write when you don’t have much time left’, although it is not entirely clear whether this lack of time is his own or, collectively, ours.'  (Introduction)

Grasshopper Danielle Clode , 2018 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 405 2018; (p. 13-14)

'In 2014, veteran ABC science broadcaster Robyn Williams was diagnosed with bowel cancer. It was, he reports, his third brush with death, following cardiac arrest in 1988 and bladder cancer in 1991. His description of the experience, including surgical reduction of his gut and rectum and subsequent debilitating chemotherapy, is brief but graphic. He has survived, but the experience, as he puts it, quite literally, gave him the shits. More positively though, it also resulted in this book: a collection of letters from the brink, ‘the book you write when you don’t have much time left’, although it is not entirely clear whether this lack of time is his own or, collectively, ours.'  (Introduction)

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