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The Land Before Avocado

Narrated by: Richard Glover
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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Far too long. Struggled to push past chapter 3.

Interesting idea but the book is just so long. Started to feel repetitive after the first few chapters.

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  • Pam G
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 13-11-2018

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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Funny look back in time

Light hearted but entertaining look back in Australia’s history. Like a funnier Australian version of Truthfulness or Enlightenment now. A fun listen with some laugh out loud moments and great factoids. You can tell the author had a lot of fun writing this one.

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Comedic and accurate depiction of living in Australia during the 60s and onwards.

Loved this book. Being the same age as the author/narrator I could relate wholeheartedly to the story. Very nostalgic depiction of life growing up presented in an entertaining way. Like a snippet from my own diary. Hilarious and accurate depiction of the social history of a 60’s child. Highly recommend it for anyone from the same age demographic.

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Laughs with meaning

Love when the author reads the book. This is fantastic - funny, thoughtful, well researched and just a little bit shocking! I was born in the 80s and loved hearing about the decades I just missed

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Took me back to the good(?) old days 😁

Am a bonafide Richard Glover fan so slightly biased - loved both content and narrator!

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So nostalgic

A great laugh for us in the post war generation. Our own kuds don't believe it.

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An encouraging listen

As a child of the 70s this was a very interesting listen. Well worth listening through to the end for and encouraging view of life today vs the past.

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Very funny and such a great window into the past.

Easy to listen to and very funny. Reminded me a lot of stories my mother had told me about the 70s.