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The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

Narrated by: Corey White
Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Corey White was a golden child. He knew this because his father would hit his mother and his sisters but not him. And his mother adored him so much she let him drop out of primary school. 

After losing his father to jail and his mother to heroin, though, he became a target for cruelty and dysfunction in foster homes. A scholarship to a prestigious boarding school lifted him out of foster care and awakened a love of learning and reading for him, but this was soon overwhelmed by a crushing depression and drug addiction.

Through it all, he kept thinking - sometimes hoping, sometimes fearing - that he was destined for something bigger. Would he find salvation in the halls of a university, or a poetically grimy crack den, or through love? Or would the golden glow that had been in him since childhood ultimately fade, leaving only darkness and ruin?

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory is a memoir of trauma and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it. It is a powerful, lyrical and darkly funny debut from one of Australia’s brightest young comedians. 

©2019 Corey White (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

Critic Reviews

Praise for Corey White's stand-up: "Captivating." (Tom Gleeson)

"It's a spiritually enriching show. Whitey has safer hands than Gilchrist circa 2003. Strap in for this one, it's a harrowing little number that leaves you in a good mood, quite a feat." (Herald Sun)

"Wonderful. It's a rare stand-up show that you emerge from feeling like a better person, and that you want other people to see so that they can be better people too. I can't give any higher praise than that." (The Guardian)

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Loved the book, thanks for sharing Corey

How brave to share your story, the ups and downs, the aggression the nerdy ness

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Fantastic!

We all need more of this from Corey. I love the way he uses his words - plus it's always good to have the author read his own book.

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relentless but eye-opening

not "darkly funny" as advertised, but a relentless story of a broken childhood and a damning incitement of the foster care system.
Well worth the read but it's tough going. Lots of very frank discussions/depictions of DV, sexual assualt, rape, violence, drugs, alcohol, suicide attempts and mental health issues.