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Worse Things Happen at Sea

William McInnes, Sarah Watt

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Biography: general, Fiction

WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA is about families, suburbs and homes, friends, love and day to day life written by bestselling author William McInnes and award-winning filmmaker, photographer and animator Sarah Watt.

In William McInnes' first book A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY he wrote about family life in the 1960s with humour, affection and honesty. WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA does the same for family life in the 2000s; written by William and Sarah in a way that many Australians can relate to and enjoy.

This book celebrates the wonderful, messy, haphazard things in life - bringing home babies from hospital, being a friend, a parent, son or daughter, and dog obedience classes. It's about living for twenty years in the family home, raising children there, chasing angry rabbits around the backyard, and renovations that never end. It is also about understanding that sometimes you have to say goodbye; that is part of life too.

Illustrated throughout with Sarah Watt's photographs of family life and beautiful, everyday objects.

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Praise for Worse Things Happen at Sea

  • In this quiet, gentle book, actor and writer William McInnes joins his wife, filmmaker Sarah Watt, to describe the unexceptional fabric of their suburban lives. The effect is remarkable. But even in the most ordinary of lives there are heartbreaking events that McInnes and Watt deal with in a way in which sensitivity is never overwhelmed by drama... This is more than a book about ordinariness. It is a subtle celebration of the simple, transcendental joys of love and family, set against the recurrence of Watt's cancer which, as she wrote, moved into her bones and the challenge of dealing with the stark reality that it was terminal. - The Sydney Morning Herald

  • If you could use some inspiration to seize the day, this lovely book could be for you. - The Canberra Times

  • What a beautiful and tactile book to have and to hold, to read through, to skip through, to enjoy the beauty of filmmaker Sarah Watt's photography and the excellence of the entire publication. It is a privilege to be a part of actor William McInnes and Watt's domain, sharing the laughter, sadness and simple pleasures and humility of their lives. - Ballarat Courier

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Worse Things Happen at Sea by William McInnes and Sarah Watt


Worse Things Happen at Sea by William McInnes and Sarah Watt


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.