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Publisher's Summary

Fiona O'Loughlin was raised in the generation of children who were to be seen but not heard...unless there were guests in the house. Then she'd watch everyone, telling stories, making each other laugh. This was where she discovered the rhythm of stories and the lubrication that alcohol leant the telling. Years later, as a mum of five, Fiona would become one of Australia's most-loved comedians, performing gigs in New York, Montreal, Singapore, London, Toronto and Edinburgh. Fiona looked like she was living her dream - but she was hiding a secret in open sight, using alcoholism as material for her comedy and using comedy as an excuse for her alcoholism.

Truths from an Unreliable Witness is a fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir of melancholy, love, marriage, the loss of love and marriage, homelessness, of hotel rooms strewn with empty mini-bar bottles of vodka, of waking from a two-week coma, of putrid drug dens and using a jungle to confront yourself. It is about hitting rock bottom and then realising you are only halfway down. Ultimately, it's about hanging on to your last straw of sanity and finding laughter in the darkest of times. You may want to sit down for this....

©2020 Fiona O'Loughlin and Alley Pascoe (P)2020 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

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Raw and honest

Loved listening to this book. I couldn't stop listening. Very honest and heartfelt. Keep up the good work Fiona .

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Beautifully written memoir

I loved listening to this very honest and very entertaining account of a wonderful Australian mother and storyteller. Fiona has remained so positive throughout the ups and downs of her battle with addiction. I would love to have her at my dinner table one day to retell some of her funny life tales.
A must read!

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Hopeless friend

It felt like I was hearing the story of a hopeless friend, a friend who doesn’t know how bloody good she. She is a brilliant story teller and to date has lived a fuller more public life than most.... it’s heartbreaking, gob smacking and thoroughly enjoyable. May the therapy of writing a book deliver the strength to honour your true worth Ms Fiona.

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amazing

this book is botb heartbreaking and funny. listening to Fiona tell her own story was amazing. I love Fiona but listening to her story I love and admire her so much more.
thank you Fiona for sharing your story

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A Breath of Fresh Air!

Wow! The first book I actually finished in more than 20 years! Extremely & brutally honest & so very well written & narrated! I just know I will revisit this book! I got a lot from it & enjoyed it so very much! Thank you Fiona ❤️

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Fantastic

This book was absolutely amazing, mind blowing and I absolutely could not stop listening to it. I love how raw Fiona is and how honest. I recommend this book to anyone that is an addict, knows someone that is an addict or just wants a good book to read.

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Fantastic Raw book

This book was incredible could not put it down Fionas narrative raw and heart provoking

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Great Book

Amazing perspective, as a mother of three and a wife of an alcoholic it gave me a new sense of sadness yet hope. So courageous of you to share your truth Fiona, this is sure to inspire!! Thankyou for being vulnerable xx

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Excellent!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who maybe is concerned if they are drinking too much. Fiona is so honest and funny and brave, absolutely a true champ to open up and share so much pain and hardship and truth about alcohol! Thank you Fiona! Xxx

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My heart just broke for you

loved it what amazing family and friends you have in ypur life wishing you all the best 💕

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