REPEATING THE LEAVING is a coming-of-age memoir about life in a Sydney boarding school during the 1960s from the bestselling author of PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS.
A coming-of-age memoir about life in a Sydney boarding school during the 1960s from the bestselling author of PRECIOUS BODILY FLUIDS.
It's 1966. Sydneysiders are whipping themselves into a frenzy, determined to outdo Melbourne in their preparations for the four-hour visit of the US President Lyndon Baines Johnson. Miles of Bunting, tickertape parades - and an official slogan, 'Make Sydney Gay for LBJ'.
And this time Charles, the hero of Precious Bodily Fluids, is a not-so-sweet sixteen. The hormones are pumping and he is desperately trying to join the sexual revolution from the frustrating confines of a Catholic boarding school for boys. Will Charlie exchange strap marks for love bites? Will he double up and die from lover's balls?
Life is one long muck-up day for Charlie and his mates as they repeat the leaving certificate. But the Brothers haven't warned him that some of life's pleasures are gained under penalty of pain.
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.