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The new book from the best-selling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come. 

There’s plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like? In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It’s a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and now and then surprisingly appealing. It’s the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late '60s and early '70s. 

Let’s break the news now: they didn’t have avocado. It’s a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It is also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes - often enshrined in law - towards anybody who didn’t fit in. 

The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, feel angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were not so long ago. Most of all, it will make you realise just how far we’ve come - and how much further we can go.

©2018 Richard Glover (P)2018 Bolinda

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OPTIMISM GALORE

How easy it is for me to sound like an old lady at 65 and go on a winge about the good old days. But no more! Richard, you have rocked my world. Out goes the complacency and in comes a truckload of gratitude and optimism. A wonderful look at Australia now and in the 70s. Well researched, extremely funny and full of memorable information. Loved it!

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A wonderful exploration of “us”

So many memories, thoughts and reflection on Australia’s journey to now. A serious study, cleverly disguised as a lighthearted comedy.
Richard is a master of that genre.
Highly recommend this to anyone who survived the 60’s -70’s or anybody interested in evolution.

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balanced, slightly dull look back on the 70's

what a great book title. had me hooked on that plus the richard fidler interview. unfortunately I don't quite think it's lived up to the lofty expectations. i didn't come away with a better idea of the zeigeist as a 90's/00's kid.

the first few chapters on the peculiarities of work and school were plenty interesting. the middle chapters on how hard it was for women and gays didn't teach me personally anything I didn't know. women were expected to be housewives. being gay was illegal. rather the author seemed to want to reach back in time to chastise his parents generation.

the last few chapters consisted of gatekeeping and hyperbole were a really disapointing way to end what should have been an interesting read. i don't care that you think coffee comes in to many different forms. i dont even like coffee but it annoys me when people tell others how to enjoy things. i dont care that you think music was better in the 70's. then the ending that life may be better now. no shit. we have less poverty and we all have the internet. even the most cynical teen wouldnt argue with that i imagine. im being harsh so I hope he doesnt read this. this might be one for 50's and 60's kid to read with rose coloures reading glasses.

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Jaw dropping for this Millennial

I only just scrap in as a millennial being born in 1985. But on reflection of my childhood, there were a lot of 60s and 70s traditions / baggage that my parents brought with them. One being a lime green bench top.
A great listen and glimps into the past. The author put a comedic spin on a horrible lanscape, which made it very digestable for my youthful ears. I understand my parents so much more now. They are true survivors.

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Hilariously tragic

Apart from some mispronunciations i.e. marshMELLOWS instead of marshMALLOWS, this gave my daughters an insight as to why their parents are they way we are 😉😹 A lot of stats I didn’t know and a lot of memories that I did. Highly recommended

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A must read

Absolutely loved this book. Everyone should read it. Funny, entertaining, sobering and enlightening. A wonderful lesson in history. An endearing trip down memory lane. A realistic view how we can become depressed by our current situation, easily forgetting the troubles of yesteryear. This book is a balm for every complaint of today.

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The Resonance Fades

Started out agreeing wholeheartedly with Richards observations having had similar experiences with disbelieving younger colleagues at work but became less enthralled as we progressed. By the time we get to using the P76 as the icon of everything that is wrong with a protectionist economy .... well, it’s wrong! Just wrong! My Dad had two of them, in succession. He loved them. Great car! And just look at how well Trump is doing by turning back to Tariff protections. 😉 I’m sorry but I think Richard just ended up sounding like a grumpy old man. 👍 Not that there's anything wrong with that. Something I aspire to but am trying not attain too quickly.
Some good laughs and rekindling of many memories though.

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Worthwhile walk down memory lane

I refreshing look at all that was and all we have to be grateful for both past and present. Laughted our loud at many of the scenarios.

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Recalling so much I’d forgotten!!

This was a wonderfully retold trip to the world of my adolescence! I had forgotten just how far we have come. In turns funny, serious and evocative this is a quick, accessible reminder that there are so many improvements in modern day living. The use of statistics re crime and the like illustrated this. I enjoyed listening to Audible narration. Richard brought his work to life.

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Interesting reminder

This was an enjoyable trip back in time with the help of the research done by Richard. some of the conclusions he drew were a little inaccurate but overall worth the listen.

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