A funny, biting memoir of 1961 in an Australian country town, when Charlie Waterstreet, son of the local publican, was 11 and the world well, Albury anyway, was his oyster.
It's 1961 and deep in the Australian outback, the country town of Albury is about to go to war with itself. Putting fluoride in the water supply isn't exactly a straightforward proposition - in fact, it's a secret ploy by the communists to poison the townsfolk's precious bodily fluids. Or is it?
Seen through the eyes of mischievous 11-year-old schoolboy Charles, PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS is a hysterically funny childhood memoir that vividly evokes a certain time, place and way of life that is now lost forever ...
Charles is a country boy at heart...he brilliantly and hilariously captures the humour, tragedy and poignancy of what it was like to be a young boy growing up in rural Australia. It's an honest, vibrant account of an 11-year-old enjoying the final freedoms of his boyhood within the confines of a small Aussie country town in the early '60s. - Woman's Day
There really is one book you should read to make you laugh, chuckle and think about what it was really like to grow up surrounded by Catholicism. Yes, Charles Waterstreet has penned the tome for you! Most nights I'd get home and couldn't put it down before smiling all the way to noddyland. - Sunday Telegraph
Charles Waterstreet . . . has tackled something very difficult-writing a childhood memoir from the perspective of a child but using the wisdom of hindsight and a more or less hybrid child/adult vocabulary-and brought it off...Waterstreet achieves a nice balance and blend of the comic and the sociological which makes the book readable and likeable...a well-written, well-organised and highly amusing book. - Peter Corris
Delightful...crammed with extraordinary characters, familiar incidents, comedy, tragedy and a quintessential larrikinism - Sunday Life
Charles Waterstreet is an author, barrister and filmmaker. He has written two memoirs, PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS and REPEATING THE LEAVING, numerous legal publications, produced two films, is a columnist for THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD and is one of the co-creators of the ABC Television series RAKE.