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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.
Funny, ironic and cruel, sometimes all at once.
A story with familiarities which people like to keep private are, here, thrown at you with brutal honesty.
a very disapointing read.
not to be recommended
Such a clearly written story of struggle and pain. Well done Rick Morton
Thank you I received the book promptly and in excellent codi
Great price and looking forward to reading later
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
ISBN: 9780522873153 ISBN-10: 0522873154 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 277 Published: 30th July 2018 Publisher: Melbourne University Press Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.29