Simon Kennedy’s mum Yvonne was one of 10 Australians to die during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the only one to die outside of New York, in the attack on the Pentagon.
On 11 September 2001, Yvonne boarded flight AA777 to begin her return to Australia after completing a much-planned holiday of America. All passengers on board were killed in the foiled attempt to crash into the Pentagon. In 9/11 and the Art of Happiness: An Australian Story, local comedian Simon Kennedy remembers his mum and reveals unheard of details about the trauma family members endure in the aftermath of a global terrorist attack. Disbelief mingles briefly with false hope. Airline officials are in constant attention, offering cheques along with solace. Upgrades to fly first class are issued on a regular basis. FBI officials pay cordial visits and invitations constantly flow to official US memorial and anniversary services.
Political posturing and the outbreak of war make it easy to forget that the real story of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is the sum of the individual family histories that were altered forever within the space of 24 hours. However, for Simon, the aftermath remains and ten years later there is not one hour of the day when Simon is not reminded, in some way, by the media, of the 9/11 attack.
9/11 and the Art of Happiness is his family story; a thoughtful, reflective and, at times, amusing memoir about the life-changing impact a global political event has on the individuals and their families who are caught in the maelstrom.
About the Author
Simon Kennedy is an insightful and versatile performer who has worked for more than 12 years as a national headline comedian, broadcaster, voice-over artist, writer, corporate entertainer and radio host (for "The Show with no Name" and "Kenney and Philp" on Nova 96.9fpm). He appears weekly on Channel 7’s Morning Show. 9/11 and the Art of Happiness: An Australian Story is his first book. He lives in Lane Cove, Sydney, with his family.
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I had seen Simon Kennedy live as well as on TV, and figured this would be an interesting read.
It really was, with a unique perspective on a major historical event from a very personal angle.
He comes across as a good thinker with a lot of heart, and his writing style is easy to read.
It has some great positive messages in it that I've already gone over a couple of times - I'll probably continue to return to it.
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st February 2014
Publisher: Finch Publishing
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.5 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.29