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  • By: Bill Edgar
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  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
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Imagine you are dying with a secret. Something you've never had the courage to tell your friends and family. Or a last wish - a task you need carried out before you can rest in peace. Now imagine there's a man who can take care of all that, who has no respect for the living, who will do anything for the dead.

Bill Edgar is the coffin confessor - a one-of-a-kind professional, a man on a mission to make good on these last requests on behalf of his soon-to-be-deceased clients. And this is the extraordinary story of how he became that man. Bill has been many things in this life: homeless street-kid, son of one of Australia's most notorious gangsters, maximum-security prisoner, hard man, family man, car thief, professional punching bag, philosopher, inventor, private investigator, victim of horrific childhood sexual abuse and an activist fighting to bring down the institutions that let it happen. A survivor

As a little boy, he learned the hard way that society is full of people who fall through the cracks - who die without their stories being told. Now his life's work is to make sure his clients' voices are heard, and their last wishes delivered: The small-town grandfather who needs his tastefully decorated sex dungeon destroyed before the kids find it. The woman who endured an abusive marriage for decades before finding freedom. The outlaw biker who is afraid of nothing...except telling the world he is in love with another man. The dad who needs to track down his estranged daughter so he can find a way to say he's sorry, with one final gift. 

The Coffin Confessor brings these stories of the dead to life, all while sharing his own extraordinary journey. Confronting and confounding, heartwarming and heartbreaking, this is a story of survival and redemption, of a life lived on the fringes of society, on both sides of the law - and what that teaches you about living your best life...and death.

©2021 Bill Edgar (P)2021 Penguin Random House Australia

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A must read!

I don't even have the words to describe what I am feeling right now It evoked so many different emotions from me! Laughing, crying, shock, horror!

What an epic journey through your life Bill. Thankyou for your honesty and what a great service you provide.

You truly are a remarkable man. This book has so much power in it!!

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Bloody brilliant!

I thoroughly enjoyed this life story... Thank you so much for your courage to share.
I have shared it and then enjoyed listening to how much other people loved it as well.
What a bloody legend

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hooked from page 1

Great moving story, exceptionally read and very inspirational
Hats off to you Bill you deserve all the accolade from this

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Just wow !

what a brutal, hard to listen to story with a bit of humour to boot Your not human if this doesn't effect you. good on you Bill .

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Thoroughly recommend

Loved it from start to finish .
Thank you for sharing your story .
I am so glad you came through it all .

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Inspiring

Bill’s recount of his childhood was both harrowing and confronting. The way he picked himself up and came out strong in the face of adversity is truly inspiring and an amazing example of how we can achieve anything if we are fearless and determined.

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Loved it

What a remarkable men . Where do I sign up to be a coffin coffessor amazing

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A real tug on the 💓

absolutely loved this!!!
such emotion,love heartbreak best I've listened to in ages
congrats Bill 👍

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Hands down one of the best books I’ve listened to!

I always take the time to give the books I listen to a star review, but this the first book I’ve taken the time to write a review for. My only criticism is that i wish it had gone on for longer. I loved every minute of it. Yes, it was distressing in parts, but Bill’s story had to be told in full. I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who has an ounce of respect for fellow humans…

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Confronting, entertaining. Most of all, Inspiring.

Wow, there is so much more to this man’s story than the humorous and compelling anecdotes that caught my interest on a podcast. An amazing tale of grit and survival. Although I found myself in tears along the way, the book leaves me feeling inspired to live each day authentically and to the fullest. Glad I got the audiobook as the author’s voice makes the story all the more genuine. But now I wish I had a hard copy to share with a few friends who I know would connect with it.

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