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Detours - Tim Rogers


Published: 21st August 2017
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Endearing, charming, honest and absorbing, Detours is the most anticipated literary and rock n' roll memoir of the year - it is witty, endearing, funny, sad, truthful tender and beautiful - think Patti Smith meet Dylan Thomas, via Banjo Paterson.

Tim Rogers - the front man and singer of hugely popular rock n'roll band You Am I - is a shambolic, flamboyant and dapper Aussie flâneur - a seeker after truth, love and understanding. He's a contradiction: a hard drinking rock star with the soul of a poet; a wordsmith and a raconteur, a romantic and a realist, a bon vivant op-shop-dressed dandy. He's the wild man of Australian rock n' roll, a man who loves footy, who was brought up in the wild emptiness of Kalgoorlie, but he's now an urban hipster - a legend of Australian rock music, more at home in St Kilda than the bush.

In this offbeat and immensely charming literary memoir, Tim Rogers talks about what it is to be a man, about accepting who you are, about masculinity, love, sex, drinking, footy, his father, being a dad, anxiety, and above all, his continuing, magical, ever-present muse - music. It is by turns revealing, warm, self-deprecating, intimate, shocking, confessional, sharp, funny and immensely engaging.

Review by Ben Hunter

Detours is a gem of a book and here's why you should read it. Detours is not a celebrity memoir. It has no ghostwriter, no laboured famous-name-droppings or manufactured moments of epiphany or scandal. It doesn't have that glossy photo-paper bit in the middle for in case you get bored of actually reading the thing. Detours is a beautiful hardcover book rich in exacting observation and not-tortuously-whimsical reminiscence.

This book offers a marvellous reflection on Tim's great passions - AFL, rock 'n' roll and Melbourne. Now I'm afraid to say that I've never kicked a Sherrin, blown an amp or had a number plate that declares itself the place to be but still I'm hooked on this stuff. I feel at home in Tim's writing. He leaves the bravado behind and takes you on long walks through his life on and off the stage.

Detours is a book that lets you see through the eyes of a towering broken-nosed greyhair - a guy who passes through violent suburbs in velvet lapels and silk scarves, who checks the ceiling of every hotel room he stays in for stray slices of pizza, and who armours himself with slabs of beer and bares his soul to strangers. Detours is an Aussie treasure, the neatly-polished self portrait of a dandy drunkard wordsmith. Pick it up and you'll see what I mean.


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Tim is such an amazingly interesting bloke. Even those who aren't fans of his music can enjoy his writing.

Mildura, Victoria


Love Love Love Tim Rogers!


Love Love Love Tim Rogers! This book is articulate and insightful, and a great read.

Gold Coast, Australia


I wish it had been twice as long!


I loved this book. I was already a fan of Tim Rogers and his lyrics so I was always going to get this book. I'm often a bit nervous about memoirs by people I love, sometimes I am disappointed and no longer like the person as much as before. But not the case this time. It's a wonderful funny , sad and great read. I love him even more now!

Blue mountains


Love this product


A top read, veey engaging and well written .



Amazing read


Love time

Gold Coast. Australia


Beautifully written


Tim is possibly Australia's finest wordsmith. This collection of musings, reflections, life learnings will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. Not to be confused as a rock memoir. Makes Tex Perkins effort look like something written in playschool. Thoroughly enjoyable.



Tim rocks!


A great read....Tim puts it all on the table, warts n all. Quirky and interesting, I found myself drawn into his world.

Taree NSW


Full of surprises


I knew this book would be different to a standard rock autobiography. There's a few insights into Tim's music but this is more self-character assessment and a portrait of life in suburban Melbourne. It's brutally honest, sad and uplifting in equal parts.



Warts, swagger n all!


Being a songwriting hero of mine, I was jumping out of my skin to get a copy of this book. Once again Booktopia made it as easy as possible, a signed pre order copy arrived on the day of release. As for the contents, after the first charming chapter I was hooked, Mr Rogers weaves through stories of his past and current life with disarming beauty, hilarity and heart on sleeve honesty that most "rock bio" scribblings are void of. He paints his story, fragments of frailty, charm and poetic gesture that serve as much as an insight into on of this countries great unsung musicians as it is a self help book for anyone who feels outside the pigeon hole of normalcy. Thanks Tim!

Gold Coast, QLD



4.7 10


ISBN: 9781460753354
ISBN-10: 1460753356
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 21st August 2017
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.52