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One Hundred Years of Dirt - Rick Morton

One Hundred Years of Dirt

Paperback Published: 30th July 2018
ISBN: 9780522873153
Number Of Pages: 277

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"Morton is a crack storyteller and his words and stories are infused with genuine compassion. It's a magnificent book, the clarity of it is inspiring." – Christos Tsiolkas

Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you’ve scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.

Violence, treachery and cruelty run through the generational veins of Rick Morton’s family. A horrific accident thrusts his mother and siblings into a world impossible for them to navigate, a life of poverty and drug addiction

One Hundred Years of Dirt is an unflinching memoir in which the mother is a hero who is never rewarded. It is a meditation on the anger, fear of others and an obsession with real and imagined borders. Yet it is also a testimony to the strength of familial love and endurance.

About the Author

Rick Morton has escaped his past and become a leading journalist and social affairs writer for The Australian.


A truly memorable book


This is a truly fantastic read. The combination of gripping and eye opening anecdotes about what it is like to grow up up in basic poverty, and examination of how this affects so many other aspects of people's lives, not just financially but culturally and socially, and how this plays out over the generations, makes it a standout of 2018. I thoroughly recommend it.


Enjoyable, humerous, but the sadness was quite palpable.


It was a read that left me wanting more from the characters. Enjoyed it though.



I would reccomend this book


For me an eyeopener about domestic violence and family sadness in the outback and how different family members overcome adversity a great read and well written




4.3 3


ISBN: 9780522873153
ISBN-10: 0522873154
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 277
Published: 30th July 2018
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.29