The same mixture of humour and thoughtfulness that readers loved in A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY is here in abundance, in THAT'D BE RIGHT William McInnes looks back at Australia over the last 30 years.
William McInnes brings the World, or at least Australia, into our backyards as he writes about families and sport and politics and life in his familiar style that makes you feel as if he is sitting down talking to you. Both funny and insightful THAT'D BE RIGHT is part memoir, part personal history of Australia over the last thirty years. It's a biographical trip told through sport, and families and William's own experiences. He writes: 'As with A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY I weave in and around the events that have held such fascination for this country over the last thirty years or so, connecting them all with the progression of a life.'
Some of these events would be considered momentous, some small and personal. And all are seen through William's eyes. They range from a day at the Melbourne Cup with his mother where too many champagnes and too few winners were picked; a swimming carnival early in the morning after a gloomy and long federal election the night before; watching truly surreal Grand Final moments in a pub with a group of odd and unknown bar companions. Sailing on a massive yacht during the Sydney Olympics while listening to the conversation of an elderly lady from Texas in the cabin below. William also writes about a night at the cricket with his son, which shows how things can change and oddly come full circle.
A perfect balance between humour, humility, seriousness and light, laughter and tears. - Sunday Telegraph
Will make you laugh till you cry. - The Age
another entertaining read - Sydney Morning Herald
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.