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Truths from an Unreliable Witness

Finding laughter in the darkest of places

Fiona O'Loughlin Alley Pascoe Fiona O'Loughlin

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Hachette Australia
27 October 2020
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...
By:   Fiona O'Loughlin
With:   Alley Pascoe
Read by:   Fiona O'Loughlin
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   380g
ISBN:   9780733645709
ISBN 10:   0733645704
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   27 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Fiona O'Loughlin is Australian comedy royalty with an award-winning career of almost twenty years. Fiona performs to packed houses across the globe, from headlining the world-renowned Improv Comedy Club in LA, to repeat seasons in Hong Kong, and performing at Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the UK's Leicester Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. As well as a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Fiona is an accomplished author, publishing Me of the Never Never in 2013. She has also appeared on I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks and Celebrity Apprentice among many others. Fiona lives in Adelaide.

Reviews for Truths from an Unreliable Witness: Finding laughter in the darkest of places

Five stars - 'Her uncompromising story shows that no matter how low you go, you can always find your way back up.'--NATIONAL [PRINT] Who Weekly [AUDIENCE: 82,789 ASR: AUD 4,682]


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