You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead by Marieke Hardy

by |June 23, 2011

After what she had to say about The Man Who Loved Children on the The First Tuesday Bookclub I can’t believe I am posting this… But as infuriating and as wrong as she sometimes is (I don’t think she ever got around to reading Mademoiselle de Maupin which she bought from us, either), she is still passionate about books, writing and life in general so… here goes…

Marieke Hardy has a book coming out. It’s probably good, so order it here. (Everything she does seems to turn to gold.)

When Hardy told her dad she’d got a non-fiction book deal, “he said – ‘That’s greeaat, you have to tell us when it’s coming out. So we can leave town.’ ” There are disadvantages to being from a literary family, she points out. “My poor father has had to deal with it from both ends of his life with his father (author Frank Hardy) writing about him.” But while she is worrying about her family’s privacy, it seems, they are worrying about hers. “My father always said, ‘You know, you can write about these things that happen and these feelings, but why don’t you just do it like it’s a fictional story about someone else?’ They do get a little protective in that regard – of which I am fairly heedless, I must say,” from The Sydney Morning Herald

I read the sampler we were given but Marieke said I wasn’t allowed to review it as it was only a proof and not perfect. I enjoyed what I read. Would’ve read more and reviewed the book if I had been sent the published edition. But sadly…

Anyway, here’s what the publisher has to say… (there, I did it, I promoted her book) (BTW: I strongly suggest you buy the book – she’ll so know if you don’t)

You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead by Marieke Hardy

From stalking and eventually meeting her Young Talent Time idol when she was twelve, to dalliances with streetwalkers, to a mildly perverse obsession with Bob Ellis, there is nothing Marieke Hardy won’t write about. Voyeuristic, painful, hilarious and heartfelt, You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead reveals the acerbic wit, unflinching gaze and razor-sharp insight of a writer at the height of her powers-or the unhinged fantasies of a dangerous mind with not enough to do.

About the Author: Marieke Hardy is an emerging star of Australian humour/screenwriting/radio/tv and opinion. She writes a column for Frankie magazine, appears on The First Tuesday Bookclub, regularly appears on RRR and is the co-writer and creator of the acclaimed comedy series Laid.

She can’t decide whether her favourite novel of all time is John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces or John Fante’s Ask The Dust. As punishment for past deeds, she lives with a rakish ginger and a dog named Bob Ellis.

The brave can follow Marieke on Twitter

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About the Contributor

While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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  • June 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I’m just so glad she has retired those hideous tan boots, she wore every single episode of the First Tuesday show.

    That’s the best I can do.

  • June 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Not everything she touches turns to gold. She’s left a lot of broken people behind in her amoral mercurial pursuit of self. What I’d be interested to read, are the many accounts people have of her.

    • June 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

      I am shocked and amazed to discover that a person may upset other people in the pursuit of their dreams. Please, tell me more.

  • critbit

    August 21, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    She is one of many self-publicising commentators in melbourne who live their lives on the internet promoting their ideas and themselves. Most columnists write with the same quippy, sarcastic style and she is no different apart from the vaguely punk element. At least she can write. But I agree with the first poster. As charming as she may seem, Marieke Hardey is fairly interested in climbing.

  • August 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Haters gonna hate.

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