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The Land Before Avocado - Richard Glover

Paperback Published: 22nd October 2018
ISBN: 9780733339813
Number Of Pages: 288

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The new book from the bestselling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be - and just how far we have come.

'It was simpler time'. We had more fun back then'. 'Everyone could afford a house'.

There's plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like?

In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It's a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and, now and then, surprisingly appealing.

It's the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late '60s and early '70s.

Let's break the news now: they didn't have avocado.

It's a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes - often enshrined in law - towards anybody who didn't fit in.

The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, be angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were, not so long ago.

Most of all it will make you realise how far we've come - and how much further we can go.

About the Author

Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, including Flesh Wounds and The Mud House. He writes regularly for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Washington Post, as well as presenting the comedy program Thank God It's Friday on ABC Local Radio.


I disagree with some of it. Otherwise beaut


I disagree with some of it.


Loved this book


This book was amusing and brought back too many memories and made me realise that things aren't too bad in 2018 after all.


Good nostalgic read


Nice table book to read on and off.



Very interesting recollections about the 60's & 70's era


Interesting book for people who grew up in that time, but also good for younger people to read to see how far we have come (in some ways, eg womens' rights)



Essential holiday reading


Spot on and hilarious from page one. Richard has a gift for writing in a way that takes all the mundane parts of life and makes them 'snort-laugh' worthy. Loved it.



The Land Before Avocado

4.4 5


'This is vintage Glover - warm, wise and very, very funny. Brimming with excruciating insights into life in the late sixties and early seventies, The Land Before Avocado explains why this was the cultural revolution we had to have'
Hugh Mackay

'Hilarious and horrifying, this is the ultimate intergenerational conversation starter'
Annabel Crabb

ISBN: 9780733339813
ISBN-10: 0733339816
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 22nd October 2018
Publisher: ABC Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 15.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.36

Richard Glover

About the Author

Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, including Flesh Wounds and The Mud House. Richard’s weekly humour column has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald for over twenty years. 

He writes regularly for The Washington Post and also presents the top-rating Drive show on ABC radio in Sydney. In December 2011 he and Peter Fitzsimons achieved a record for the world’s longest radio interview, supervised by the Guinness Book of Records.

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