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The bestselling memoir by one of Australia's best-loved comedians
Judith Lucy has been cracking jokes about her parents for much of her career. But when a birth relative's casual comment implied that she must despise them, Judith was shocked. Sure, for years she had been talking about Ann and Tony Lucy like they were one-dimensional Irish nut bags who'd ruined her life, but who – in the end – doesn't love their parents?
If only she'd been told before the age of 25 that they weren't actually her parents . . .
From 'A is for Adoption to Z is for Zorba, this is the full story of one particular family, shown at their best, at their worst, and every letter in between.
About the Author
Judith Lucy is a local funny lady who has whored herself out to any medium that would have her, including radio (the less said about that the better) and film (most recently she was the racist in The Sapphires). She is probably best known as a stand-up comedian who has hauled her sorry arse around the country, and occasionally overseas, with ten one-woman shows. She wrote The Lucy Family Alphabet, in which she squeezed the last bit of humour out of her dead parents for cash. Most recently, she made the television series Judith Lucy's Spiritual Journey for the ABC, because she really wanted a free trip to India and the opportunity to dress up as a Viking (you'll have to watch the show).
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Comments about The Lucy Family Alphabet:
Wonderful family stories without the icing. Judith is revealed as a generous and forgiving woman who is grateful for the good and wonderful in her life and shrugs off the bad experiences or chooses to learn something from them. I laughed out loud at her stories even while I was shocked by what she endured with her family.
'As raw and as honest as the best memoirs . . . both powerfully sad and hysterically funny.'
THE BIG ISSUE
'This is a funny, well-written book; Lucy doesn't just deliver punchlines, she is a sharp observer with a colourful, endearing vocabulary. The result is an unflinching debut that, despite the stories of estrangement and bitterness, is brimming with love.'
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: March 2009
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1