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Book Review: You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead by Marieke Hardy - Reviewed by RubyGrace (15 Oct 2011)
Be prepared to be shocked on the very first page of this book. First-time author Marieke Hardy is completely frank and totally open when sharing various experiences of her life with the readers. She is not afraid to be vulgar or crude and the language she uses may upset some reader's sensibilities.
From the very beginning the reader will be invited into Marieke Hardy's early years from meeting her Young Talent Time idol, wandering through the locker room of the Fitzroy Football Club to her first experiences with boys and alcohol.
While Marieke's soul-baring, confronting style of writing may not be to everyone's tastes, her candidness, openness and honesty is brave and refreshing.
In the book one boyfriend said she was writing the cartoon version of herself. This is possibly true as we do not know the real Marieke Hardy. But she has given the readers a front row seat in many of her adventures throughout her life so far and what a ride it is.
The continuous monologues on the drinking, that is like another person in her life, does get a bit tiresome. The chapter "Down the Hatch" was the point in the book where it did become a bit too much.
This book is entertaining, confronting and shocking at times. You will laugh out loud, cringe sometimes, feel empathy when she is heartbroken and be amazed at how much she has done in her thirty-something years.
Marieke Hardy has been a radio broadcaster, child actor, journalist, blogger and is now moving into writing.
We are very fortunate to live in a country where books like this can be published with no censorship and freedom of speech is celebrated. I look forward to Marieke's next book.
Book Review: You'll Be Sorry When I'm Dead by Marieke Hardy - Reviewed by RossH (02 Oct 2011)
Marieke Hardy became a much more visible presence on the Australian landscape with her regular spot on ABC Television's First Tuesday Book Club. But of course she had been around for much longer than that, writing for The Age and elsewhere, including the Australian Writers Guild's magazine, script writing and acting when younger. She is clearly a fascinating individual and I looked forward to finally getting to review this book.
This is less a biography and more a collection of shorter pieces about aspects of her life, some of which previously appeared in print in shorter form.
I had expected to be entertained and I was certainly not disappointed. Hardy's prose is every bit as sharp and bright as her verbal barbs on television. I was quite literally laughing out loud in places which is unusual for me even when amused while reading. I had started writing down some memorable quotes for use in this review but there was simply so many of them. But referring to Alan Jones as 'that little cockstain' was just priceless.
This read was not all giggles and smirks. There is a darkness to Marieke Hardy as well and she was not afraid to explore this in places.
There was a passing reference to Hardy's great-Aunt Mary. I am old enough to remember the often outrageous and always funny, Mary Hardy when she was a fixture on Victorian television. Her tragic demise was surprisingly typical of many 'funny' people – surrounded by people yet alone and very sad. At the risk of sounding like a pompous, amateur headshrinker, I felt a sense of the same coming through at times in Marieke's writing.
This is an adult read in many respects and some of it is somewhat confronting. And I loved it.
“You'll be sorry when I'm dead” will definitely be going into my list of recommended reading from 2011.
Hoss Ramilton (not my real name – read the foreword to get the joke)
Marieke Hardy is a screenwriter, blogger and radio broadcaster. After many years writing a humorous television column in The Age, she moved on to regular political columns for ABC's The Drum and senior contributing work for Frankie magazine. She has been screenwriting Australian television drama for over fifteen years. Her six-part black comedy series, Laid, premiered in Australia in 2011. In the guise of literary reviewer she makes Jennifer Byrne's life an unbridled misery once a month on ABC TV's First Tuesday Book Club. She lives in Melbourne with a dog named Bob Ellis.
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