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All I Know - Mary Coustas

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One of Australia's best known comedians, Mary Coustas, takes us on an intimate, at times heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting journey through three deaths that changed her life forever.

'Mary's book is a reminder that we don't have to be alone with grief. Her heartbreak and inspiring story is a lesson to all of us on how to live life to the fullest even in our most difficult moments. I loved it.' Naomi Watts

Starting with a colourful childhood in Collingwood and Doncaster, under the shadow of her father's mortality, and ending in sunny Bondi, supported by a tight circle of girlfriends who got her through a death even more painful, Mary Coustas takes us on a journey through three deaths that changed her life forever.

In a voice rich with big-hearted generosity and quick-witted humour, she shares with us the heartbreak, tears and gifts, and the life lessons she hopes can save us from giving in to grief, or denying a full life because of it. Anyone who has followed Mary's career in film and as the popular in-your-face TV and stage character Effie, may be shocked to learn of the trials she was going through at the time. But they won't be surprised by the love she gives out to all, and receives in return, from family and friends.

By giving us an intimate view of her experiences?including meeting George, the love of her life, and their journey to parenthood?we also see the universal truth that in life there's loss and, amongst the pain and tragedy of that, there is the power of hope and humour. Mary's story of the deaths of her father, her grandmother and her daughter Stevie is at times heartbreaking but, ultimately, All I Know is an enriching and uplifting celebration of life.

About the Author

Born in Melbourne, but having lived in Sydney for many years, Mary Coustas is one of Australia's best known actors and comedians. In 1987 she became a member of the ground-breaking stage show Wogs out of Work, where her comic creation Effie was born. This was followed by five seasons of the TV sitcom hit Acropolis Now. Her diverse TV, film and stage credits are numerous. In 2003 Mary wrote the self-help book for teenagers, Effie's Guide to Being Upyourself. This is her first book for adults.

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      4.0

      Pulling heart strings

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      from Hobart, Tasmania, Au

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Heartfelt And Open
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      • Page-Turner
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        A beautiful book that will get you feeling involved in the story. I found it engaging and emotional.

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        The Strength of Mary

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            Have you ever experienced the fear and thrill of a rollercoaster? This is Mary Coustas' journey through life, love, death and life. It is heart-wrenching, crazy funny and crazy sad. Her resilience in the face of such adversity is incredible.
            Mary and husband George want to have a baby - what could possibly go wrong? Well, everything, but the strong theme that runs through this book is 'never give up'.
            Thank you Mary for sharing your life story with the reader. You are truly amazing.

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                This was a gift for a friend, She just loved it this is a topic close to home for her and she related to the story, it made her laugh and cry well worth a read.

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                'Mary's book is a reminder that we don't have to be alone with grief. Her heartbreak and inspiring story is a lesson to all of us on how to live life to the fullest even in our most difficult moments. I loved it.' - Naomi Watts

                ISBN: 9781743315651
                ISBN-10: 9781432790783
                Audience: General
                Format: Paperback
                Language: English
                Published: 1st July 2013
                Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.8  x 1.6
                Weight (kg): 0.21