'A holiday is a time when you do lovely things that you never get a chance to really do otherwise.' So Iris McInnes told her youngest son, William, as she tried to explain the meaning of a holiday.
This book is about the Australian love affair with holidays.
It's about going away and staying at home. It's about the relaxing times you had as a kid, escapes you have with your children and the stories you hear from your friends.
It can be about a romantic sunset, the spare seat at breakfast being taken by an attractive stranger, a miraculous airline upgrade - or missing bags, unfortunate rashes and wrong turns that lead to places you definitely did not intend to go.
But most of all it's about being in your backyard in an above-ground pool, floating in circles, staring at the clouds as you go round and round, and knowing as you float that life is sweet because you're on holidays.
PRAISE for William McInnes's previous books:
'skilfully constructed...insightful, understated and very funny' Sydney Morning Herald on THE LAUGHING CLOWNS
'The Making of Modern Australia is a ripper' The Canberra Times
'William McInnes compels with the sheer delightfulness of his memoir, and with his fine ability to spin a damn funny yarn' Sunday Telegraph on A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY
'funny and clever' Daily Telegraph on THAT'D BE RIGHT
'A big-hearted novel with character' Sunday Telegraph on CRICKET KINGS
...skilfully constructed...insightful, understated and very funny - Sydney Morning Herald on THE LAUGHING CLOWNS
THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA is a ripper - THE CANBERRA TIMES
William McInnes compels with the sheer delightfulness of his memoir, and with his fine ability to spin a damn funny yarn - Sunday Telegraph on A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY
funny and clever - Daily Telegraph on THAT'D BE RIGHT
A big-hearted novel with character - Sunday Telegraph on CRICKET KINGS
It's all here, showing the author in a calm and satisfied position, able to find the joy in the mundane and the slightly absurd in the ordinary - Geelong Advertiser
Told with his usual sense of humour, this will be of interest to holidaymakers of all ages - Illawarra Mercury
William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular writers and actors. His books include the bestselling memoirs A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and That'd Be Right. In 2012 his book Worse Things Happen at Sea, co-written with his wife, Sarah Watt, was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and Indie Awards.
Also an award-winning actor and best known for his leading roles in Blue Heelers, SeaChange, Total Control and The Newsreader, William has won two Logies and two AFI/AACTA Awards for Best Actor in the film Unfinished Sky and Best Supporting Actor in The Newsreader.
William grew up in Queensland and lives in Melbourne.