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|Life Without the Boring Bits by Colleen McCullough|
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| Life Without the Boring Bits by Colleen McCullough|
|Reading Life Without the Boring Bits is akin to holding a good conversation with the phenomenal mind of a genius, namely Colleen McCullough. Colleen is in a wheelchair now, yet her formidable mind is in fine form. The words flow effortlessly as she gives her viewpoints on topics as diverse as cats, the Roman Empire, Midsomer Murders on TV, time, films, religion, Shakespeare and many others. It is her enthusiasm for life which appealed to me as I read this interesting autobiography. |
Yet, despite being autobiographical, there are no great revelations in the book about Colleen’s life, just snippets of a miserable childhood with a cruel mother and miserly father. There is a touch of the larrikin about Colleen, and her distinctive type of humour repeatedly shines through the words. The chapter on cats, Labradors and husbands breaking wind is hilarious.
By the final page of Life Without the Boring Bits I was in absolute awe of this talented woman who took over twenty years to research her Roman novels. What an amazing life filled with a burning desire to know everything about our world. Colleen McCullough - a living national treasure!
Picked by Helen (Mobile Library)
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