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William brings the World, or at least Australia, into our backyards as he writes about families and sport and politics and life in his familiar style that makes you feel as if he is sitting down talking to you. Both funny and insightful That'd Be Right is part memoir, part personal history of Australia over the last thirty years. It's a biographical trip told through sportWilliam brings the World, or at least Australia, into our backyards as he writes about families and sport and politics and life in his familiar style that makes you feel as if he is sitting down talking to you. Both funny and insightful That'd Be Right is part memoir, part personal history of Australia over the last thirty years. It's a biographical trip told through sport, and families and William's own experiences. He writes: 'As with A Man's Got to Have a Hobby I weave in and around the events that have held such fascination for this country over the last thirty years or so, connecting them all with the progression of a life.' Some of these events would be considered momentous, some small and personal. And all are seen through William's eyes. They range from a day at the Melbourne Cup with his mother where too many champagnes and too few winners were picked; a swimming carnival early in the morning after a gloomy and long federal election the night before; watching truly surreal Grand Final moments in a pub with a group of odd and unknown bar companions. William also writes about a night at the cricket with his son, which shows how things can change and oddly come full circle....

Title : That'd Be Right
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ISBN : 9780733622533
Format Type : paperback
Number of Pages : 572 Pages
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That'd Be Right Reviews

  • Erin
    2019-05-05 00:13

    I'm too young to recall much of this book but he ties it so nicely together it is almost a strange sort of poetry in parts. I obviously enjoyed the era that I'm old enough to remember than the parts where I was too young or not alive. I'm not a sport lover so it was interesting to see him tie sporting events into the Howard years (and others but my memory mostly starts with Howard). It was at times uplifting to have him recall happy memories and at others depressing to remember less cheerful political events.I loved his perception of national events like ANZAC Day and Australia Day, if we hadn't already talked them to death I'd love to read more of his thoughts.

  • Marianne
    2019-05-23 03:07

    That’d Be Right is the third book by William McInnes, and is subtitled “A fairly true history of modern Australia”. McInnes reminisces on thirty years of Australian life. This book is filled with politicians, cricketers, Olympians, politicians, media moghuls, greenies and dams, elections, action figures, lawn mowing, politicians, blind dates, politicians, elections, Anzacs, cricket wars, swimmers, yacht races and turds. Through it all, we are treated to his father Colin’s comments (and usually his mother Iris’s retorts) on a broad range of subjects. Plenty of laugh out loud moments: an enjoyable read.

  • Mel
    2019-04-27 08:28

    Laugh out loud read. I love William McInnes, his style of writing always tickles my funny bone, yet he has a sensitivity to his writing that can also bring a tear to my eye. Took me back in time, being a fellow Queenslander and growing up in a big Labour voting family. Loved his relationship with his Mum and Dad, so old school, he has them to thank for his great sense of humour and down to earth personality. Some of the phrases his Mum and Dad used were simply hysterical, especially his Mum's comments about Latham. A must for anyone who is interested in reading a light hearted account of Australia's political history.

  • Kari
    2019-05-21 02:30

    I borrowed this book from Dad and enjoyed reading the anecdotes from William McInnes, interspersed with the politics at the time. It was an insight for me into Australian politics, having little idea about the political happenings that occurred in Australia from the 60s to now. I enjoy William's self-deprecating writing style.

  • Nigel
    2019-05-11 01:18

    Although this book covers Australian politics and sport quite often, within the pages are some really laugh out loud moments and entertaining anecdotes from his career.For anyone who grew up in Australia through the 70's and 80's there are some enjoyable flashbacks of living in those simpler times... A good read.

  • Debra
    2019-05-19 02:24

    I loved the way the author wound his life story into many of the most important moments of the modern history of Australia, and all in a refreshingly funny Aussie larrikin style.And for the record, the act of making the neighing noise of horses will forever be known as 'playschooling' in my family, and I will do my best to make the term spread.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-23 03:31

    Love this. William McInnes has such a sense of humour, and this book retells modern Australian history (the events he can remember, and those that are part of his family stories passed down from his politics loving father) combined with his own personal history, and the ways those things affect each other. Interesting and enlightening, as well as funny and enjoyable. Lovely.

  • Kassy
    2019-05-21 01:32

    I thought this book was an amazing insight and reflection on Australian life, both of the political landscape and the Australian way of life shown through the eyes of William McInnes, not as a celebrity or known identity but as a human experiencing the ever changing world. There are many parts of this book that related to me and growing up myself, it was a true delight to read.

  • Chris Walker
    2019-05-06 02:06

    There's a John Howard anecdote in this which is priceless. I enjoyed the humour and nostalgia for an earlier world of Australian politics which seems to have now disappeared. I'm buying a copy for an ex-pat friend of mine who grew up in the same neighbourhood as McInnes and who will remember the issues that were important then as I did.

  • Marilyn
    2019-05-02 03:07

    This is a great book for those who are interested in Australian culture, and in its sporting & political history. It is engaging and amusing at times and captures so many elements of what it means to be Australian. I did find it hard to get into at first but once I got used to McInnes' style of writing I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Peter
    2019-05-07 01:09

    For anyone interested in understanding Aussie culture this is a great read. I am an Aussie who left home in the early 80s and this was great to read to catch up on 80s and 90s politics and the inevitable link to Australian sports. Love it!

  • ~*kath*~
    2019-04-25 02:11

    A lovely warm, fuzzy read with lots of laughs. Reading it in public (on the bus, in the lunch room at work) is hazardous because I kept bursting out in giggles. He always gives food for thought while entertaining. A lovely view of Australia and Australians.

  • Wilton314
    2019-04-30 06:10

    A great history of Australia, particularly Australian politics and sport, from the mid 1970s for around 30 years. William McInnes has such laid back style to his writing. It's as if we're there watching as well.

  • Alayne
    2019-04-23 04:08

    William McInnes covers the period from 1975 to 2007 and looks at the political and social changes in Australia over that time, with a lot of humour. I found it fascinating as I have lived through those changes, and I agreed with a lot of what he says. A book that's well worth reading.

  • Melanie Martino
    2019-04-22 07:33

    There was way too much political stuff in this book. Although there were parts that made me laugh out loud I was really hoping for a bit more about his acting career. Not a bad book but not one that I would recommend.

  • Tathia
    2019-04-28 06:04

    Another good read by McInnes - books all Australians should read.

  • Heather
    2019-05-20 08:23

    Wendouree Library B792.028 MCINN

  • Jill
    2019-05-21 02:19

    Addictive. Funny read. Loved it

  • Rachel
    2019-05-22 06:20

    Didn't think much of this book. Don't know why I chose it in the library as it's about Australian sport and politics, neither of which interest me much. I did learn a bit from it though.

  • Malcolm Frawley
    2019-05-16 07:33

    Another laconic & enjoyable memoir from a very fine actor & apparently decent man.

  • Julie B
    2019-05-10 05:22

    I love his writing, however the last couple of chapters are written in a sadder tone. Perhaps this is just in contrast to the deep belly laughs of the first half of the book.