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The Laughing Clowns

William McInnes

2 Reviews

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Australia, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Popular culture, Family & relationships

Peter Kennedy is remarkably happy with his life. Yet something is not quite right, and it started with a dream that smelt of luncheon meat.

When a developer asks Peter to assess a prime piece of Queensland real estate the Pickersgill Peninsula Showgrounds he jumps at the chance. It will give him time out from having to be with the family he loves. And it will take him back to his childhood home; to his parents, his twin sister, Pearl, and his brother, Gary, the TV weatherman.

Over these few days, he will come to realise that sometimes when you go back to where you came from you find out how much you actually have, and how much you could lose. He just has to make his mind up, and listen to the advice that s given by, of all people the King of Hot Dogs.

But will he?

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Praise for The Laughing Clowns

  • For a novel that has so few pretensions, this is a skilfully constructed story that manages to be insightful, understated and very funny simultaneously. - Sydney Morning Herald

  • William McInnes is insightful, thoughtful and funny. He has a flair for fiction as much as memoirs and non-fiction, as THE LAUGHING CLOWNS will attest. - Daily Telegraph

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William McInnes

William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular writers, delighting readers with his memoirs A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY and THAT'D BE RIGHT, his novels CRICKET KINGS, THE LAUGHING CLOWNS and THE BIRDWATCHER, and his insight into Australian life since the 1940s, written with Essential Media and Entertainment, THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA. In 2011, with his wife Sarah Watt he co-wrote WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA, which was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and the Indie Awards in 2012. In 2014, he wrote HOLIDAYS, his unique perspective on the Australian obsession with taking a hard-earned break.

Also an award-winning actor, William has won two Logies and an AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in the film UNFINISHED SKY. He received critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film LOOK BOTH WAYS, written and directed by Sarah Watt, and recently starred in the ABC television series THE TIME OF OUR LIVES and HELLO BIRDIE.

William McInnes grew up in Queensland and lives in Melbourne with his two children.