EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Is William McInnes Australia’s Funniest Author?

by |November 22, 2013

When we say funniest author, we don’t mean William McInnes’ books are the funniest (although his wonderful new book has a lovely sense of humour). We mean the man himself.

William came in to meet the Booktopia Team and sign some copies of The Birdwatcher, so we asked him if he’d like to say a few words to our Booktopians.

What followed was mayhem.

Pure, unadulterated, fantastically brilliant mayhem.


Grab a copy of William’s new book The Birdwatcher here

The Birdwatcher

by William McInnes

A novel about love and twitchers, and about learning to trust

There is magic in the sky. Birds flying and floating above and around us, often unnoticed. Sometimes, when you least expect it, their magic will touch you.

This is a story about a bloke who’s losing his hearing; a bird that can’t fly but likes being read to; and a teenage daughter who doesn’t know who to be angry at.

It’s about a woman living with the echo of illness finding out how much fun it can be to trust someone; a man called Murph who has a secret; and Perry Como.

It’s part love story, part Hot Diggity moments of discovery, whether they happen in a rainforest of while sitting on a verandah, or in somebody’s heart.

It’s about cold outdoor showers and people not quite being complete. But, most of all, it’s about giving yourself the gift to be still while you wait for the lights to change or the rain to stop, so you have time to think.

For all of us, there are memories and secrets that can change our lives. If we let them.

Grab a copy of William’s new book The Birdwatcher here

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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  • November 22, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    My husband certainly thinks so. Oh, and my stepmother, William is the one thing they have in common. 🙂

  • November 23, 2013 at 6:44 pm


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