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Being Black 'n Chicken, and Chips

Matt Okine

5 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

SOON TO BE A MAJOR FEATURE FILM

A heartbreaking and often hilarious story about trying to grow up when everything is falling apart from one of Australia's leading comic talents.

SOON TO BE A MAJOR FEATURE FILM
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ABIA MATT RICHELL AWARD 2020

'a delicate balancing act of humour and heart ... a heartwarming, heartbreaking and hilarious read' - The Herald Sun

'An extremely talented storyteller and comedian...this book is full of heart and humour' - Ronny Chieng

'a compelling novel that is difficult to put down' - Books + Publishing

Mike Amon is a regular teenager. All he wants is to fit in. He wants to sit at the cool bench. He wants to be a star athlete. He wants his first kiss.

He also wants his mum to survive.

When his mum is suddenly diagnosed with advanced breast and brain cancer, Mike knows it's a long shot, but if he manages to achieve his dreams, maybe it'll give his mum enough strength to beat an incurable disease.

In the meantime, he has to live with his African dad whom he doesn't really know, a man who has strange foreign ways - and who Mike doesn't really feel comfortable sharing his teenage desires and deepest fears with. He doesn't even want to think about what it might mean if his mum never comes home from the hospital.

Based on his award-winning stand-up show, and the loss of his own mother when he was 12, Matt Okine's coming-of-age novel, Being Black n Chicken and Chips, is a funny, heart-warming, and sometimes surreal look at how young people deal with grief, the loss of loved ones, and becoming an adult - all whilst desperately trying to fit in with the other kids.

'Intimate and affecting' - Claudia Karvan

'Hilarious, heartfelt, and utterly ridiculous in all the right ways' - Alex Dyson

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Praise for Being Black 'n Chicken, and Chips

  • Loosely based on his own experiences and capturing the feeling of late 90s Australia, the book pulses with nostalgia and Okine treads the difficult line between levity and dark themes with expert skill - tackling grief, denial and racism without it ever feeling heavy-handed. The result is a compelling novel that is difficult to put down. - Books+Publishing

  • An extremely talented storyteller and comedian...this book is full of heart and humour - Ronny Chieng

  • Intimate and affecting - Claudia Karvan

  • Hilarious, heartfelt, and utterly ridiculous in all the right ways - Alex Dyson

  • It's subtle and human and a wonderful part of the Aussie narrative. - Jan Fran

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