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Tinkering : The Complete Book of John Clarke - John Clarke


The Complete Book of John Clarke

Hardcover Published: 27th November 2017
ISBN: 9781925603194
Number Of Pages: 288

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The sudden death of John Clarke in April 2017 cut short the life of a man who was not only a great and much loved entertainer and satirist but a wonderful writer.

Tinkering: The Complete Book of John Clarke represents his work from the 1970s in both Australia and New Zealand, and includes his writing for radio, television, stage and screen, as well some previously unpublished pieces.

This collection includes the irresistible commentaries of Fred Dagg, the hilarious and unforgettable absurdities of farnarkeling and selections of his famous quizzes, where he gave the answers and readers had to guess the questions. There are also moving recollections of people and places, many of which he wrote towards the end of his life.

Introduced by Lorin Clarke Tinkering is the perfect way to remember the genius who made us all laugh at ourselves and our society for so many years.

About the Author

John Clarke was born in New Zealand and passed away in 2017. He was one of Australia's best-known and most loved faces on TV. A comedian, writer and actor, his appearances include the famous Fred Dagg character, The Gillies Report and The Games. John's books include A Dagg at My Table, The Howard Miracle and The 7.56 Report. His novel, The Tournament, was released in the UK and US to great critical acclaim.


'On Mother' Sarah Ferguson. A great read


An inspiring read. Sarah is a great writer and the emphasis on making time for family is so important especially today when everyone appears too busy to check in with family and friends. This book although very small makes a large impact.

Breakfast Point


Great read, well put together by the great man.


Great admirer of the wit and wisdom of John Clarke.





A fascinating insight into how it was done by this much loved talent who is gone far too soon.




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`Tinkering is packed with puzzles and propositions, with tea-fuelled musings on everything from plumbing to Paul Holmes. A gem.'
* North & South NZ *
`This book comes with some magnificent pictures of Clarke's beloved birds and they seem to have represented the magic of the reality of the world to him. There is plenty of that magic in this book and everyone who liked John Clarke should buy it and find in it what will soothe their spirit. It will be there.'
-- Australian
`The late John Clarke, aka Fred Dagg, really was a satirical one-off ... Tinkering is packed with puzzles and propositions, with tea-fuelled musings on everything from plumbing to Paul Holmes. A gem.'
-- North & South
`...Assessment of his The Games co-writer Ross Stevenson that Clarke was "the great satirist in the English language" is probably pretty close to the mark.' * Otago Daily Times *

ISBN: 9781925603194
ISBN-10: 1925603199
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 27th November 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.3  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.54