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Worse Things Happen at Sea : Tales of Life, Love, Family and the Everyday Beauty in Between - William McInnes

Worse Things Happen at Sea

Tales of Life, Love, Family and the Everyday Beauty in Between

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Published: 27th September 2011
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WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA is about families, suburbs and homes, friends, love and day to day life written by bestselling author William McInnes and award winning filmmaker, photographer and animator Sarah Watt.

In William s first book A MAN S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY he wrote about family life in the 1960s with humour, affection and honesty. WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA does the same for family life in the 2000s; written by William and Sarah in a way that many Australians can relate to and enjoy.

This book celebrates the wonderful, messy, haphazard things in life - bringing home babies from hospital, being a friend, a parent, son or daughter, and dog obedience classes. It's about living for twenty years in the family home, raising children there, chasing angry rabbits around the backyard, and renovations that never end. It is also about understanding that sometimes you have to say goodbye; that is part of life too.

Illustrated throughout with Sarah Watt's photographs of family life and beautiful, everyday objects.

About the Author

William McInnes is one of Australia s most popular writers, delighting readers with his memoirs A MAN S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY and THAT D BE RIGHT, his novel CRICKET KINGS, and his insight into Australian life since the 1940s, written with Essential Media and Entertainment, THE MAKING OF MODERN AUSTRALIA. In 2011, with his wife Sarah Watt he co-wrote WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA, their celebration of family life in words and pictures. A month after the book s release Sarah lost her battle with cancer. These works are bestsellers and award winners. In 2006 A MAN S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY was selected as one of the Books Alive 50 Great Reads and William was named Australian Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry (ABIA) Awards, and in 2007 CRICKET KINGS was shortlisted in the Australian General Fiction Book of the Year category for these awards. WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA was named best the non-fiction title in the ABIAs and the Indie Awards 2012. As an actor, William received critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film Look Both Ways , written and directed by Sarah Watt. William McInnes is the Ambassador of the Year of Reading 2012, and Chair of the Museum of Democracy, Canberra.

William McInnes grew up in Queensland and now lives in Melbourne with his two children.

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    5.0

    Great holiday read Lots of good memories

    By Miss Trish

    from Coolum Beach

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      Comments about Worse Things Happen at Sea:

      The book is easy to read and evoked a lot of holiday memories from my childhood. Comparing a lot his antics to mine when growing up and our fathers must have been very similar too !! Grab a chilled wine, a comfy seat and enjoy the memories !!! Then pass on to friends !! :-)

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      5.0

      Brilliant

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        Comments about Worse Things Happen at Sea:

        Beuatifully illustrated and easy to read. We are fans of William McInnes in Seachange so were interested in his life as he seems such a lovely family man.

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        5.0

        Fabulous, entertaining read

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            This book was fabulous. I cried at one page and laughed out loud at the next. So entertaining and inspiring - a lovely, enjoyable, moving read - highly recommended!

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            4.0

            Life affirming!

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              A beautifully life affirming book for those of us caught up in the everyday tasks of life and family:- children, parents and partners. I've enjoyed Williams other writing, but Sarah's chapters are so genuine and heartfelt.

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                'McInnes is a steady and engaging presence as tour guide through the last half century or so. He seems like a top bloke. You'd have a beer and watch the football with him. He's self effacing and genuinely interested in people and their stories.' [Sun Herald]'William McInnes is an easy writer to read. He has a flowing colloquial style which suits the subject matter he chooses' [Northern Star]'William McInnes writes with humour and affection' [TV Soap] This talented actor is also has a talent for telling stories. [The Herald-Sun]"With the rare knack for writing about momentous emotion without sentimentality or mawkishness, William McInnes maintains a perfect balance between humour and humility, seriousness and light, laughter and tears [Adelaide Sunday Mail & The Sunday Telegraph]

                ISBN: 9780733628023
                ISBN-10: 0733628028
                Audience: General
                Format: Hardcover
                Language: English
                Number Of Pages: 256
                Published: 27th September 2011
                Publisher: Hachette Australia
                Country of Publication: AU
                Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 18.0  x 2.3
                Weight (kg): 0.77
                Edition Number: 1