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Book Review: Flesh Wounds #aussieauthorchallenge

Flesh Wounds is a memoir by columnist and author, Richard Glover. In his memoir, Glover admits to playing a game as an adult called “Who’s got the weirdest parents?” Because hands down, he reckons he would win. After all, with a mother who claims she never had sex with his father for him to be born {another baby Jesus!}, who then runs away with his English teacher to the country where they live in a Tolkein style house, and a father who is an alcoholic who remarries several times but never really gets over his mother, Glover would have a lot of fodder for that game.

While Glover pens his memoir in an amusing manner, the reality of his cold mother and her neglect is not lost. She claims to have descended from a wealthy family in Britain, uses posh words and dresses in a posh manner. In a way, she and his English teacher are made for each other as they live in the country hobnobbing with other poshies. As Glover looks back at his mother, the stark truth is that she really did not care about him. He questions how he turned out to be so resilient {and as a reader, it is certainly a question that arises} but there is a clear answer for that.

Glover also talks about his rock — his long-term partner Debra Oswald, a screenwriter and playwright, and a highly intelligent woman. Accompanied by her, he travels to England tracing his family’s history and finding out the truth about his mother as well as things about his father. It may not be the truth he wants to hear, but it is a fact of his life nonetheless.

Glover’s memoir is a great insight into dysfunctional families but narrated in an amusing and almost uplifting way. There is rarely a sign of ‘poor me’ and this is a testament to the resilience of the man. The importance of early attachment figures shines through this book but also, how some people can still battle the odds set up against them. Glover shows that even though as a child he suffered from flesh wounds, he has found ways to deal with the scars that remained.

My rating:

***This has been read and reviewed as part of the Aussie Author Challenge and the Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge***

Until next time,


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  • Shilpa Gupte
    31 March 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Sounds like a good book, Sanch! Loved your review – short and crisp. Definitely worth a read, this one! ?

    • Sanch @ Living my Imperfect Life
      31 March 2016 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Shilpa…it’s a good book. Plus because I listen to his radio show, it’s even more interesting to read

  • Vishal Bheeroo
    31 March 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Sounds like an interesting read on a dysfunctional family and well detailed review
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