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Funkytown

A Year on the Brink of Manhood: A Memoir

Paul Kennedy

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Affirm Press
01 October 2021
Paul Kennedy's Funkytown is the vivid true story of a year in the life of a teenager leaping into manhood.

It is 1993: a serial killer is loose on the streets of Frankston, Victoria. The community is paralysed by fear and a state's police force and national media come to find a killer. Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Paul Kennedy is searching for something else entirely. He is focused on finishing school, getting drafted into the AFL and falling in love. So much can change in a year.

The rites of passage for many Australian teenage boys - blackout drinking, simmering violence and emotional suppression - take their toll, and the year that starts with so much promise ends with Kennedy expelled, arrested and undrafted. But one teacher sees Kennedy self-destructing, and becomes determined to set him on another path.

Told with poignancy, humour and evoking the brilliant, dusty haze of late Australian summer, Funkytown is a love letter to adolescence, football, family, and outer suburbia.
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Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 154mm,  Width: 234mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   410g
ISBN:   9781922419828
ISBN 10:   1922419826
Pages:   320
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Kennedy is an ABC television presenter with twenty-five years' journalistic experience. His four previous books include Hell on the Way to Heaven (co-authored with Chrissie Foster), which helped Australian survivors of child sex abuse achieve the nation's largest Royal Commission. Paul is also a successful football coach on the Mornington Peninsula. He lives in Seaford, Victoria with his wife and three sons.

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