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Me of the Never Never - Book Review

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by Marina Marangos (subscribe)
Published April 21st 2014
Have a laugh
Fiona O'Loughlin

What she lacks in size and stature she makes up for in spunk and spirit. I went to see Fiona O' Loughlin perform at the Brisbane Power House when the Comedy show was on and bought her autobiography called "Fiona O'Loughlin, Me of the Never Never." It is described as a "chaotic memoir about family and friends and finding out that all the world's a stage."

She had come across as being an intelligent woman with quite a wit and I was interested to read about her life. It's written in a nice easy style and is very readable. She talks about her roots,and of course her big Irish family and Catholic upbringing in a family of seven which has a lot to do with her outlook on life. She talks engagingly about her early childhood, her teenage years, her pursuit of the man she wanted to marry and finally her own family and how her desire to perform and be on stage gradually won out - it actually was the reason she went to Alice Springs in the first place in pursuit of her boyfriend, hell bent on marrying him.

Marry she did and they had five children together and fostered many local children while she lived in Alice Springs. Her life was a mish mash of housewifely duties, interspersed with fairly manic times trying to get her career off the ground and out of Alice Springs. A lot of the stories are told with a flair for the funny and the quirky and there are quite a lot of laugh out loud moments. However there is also a serious side to the book and she faces those challenges and difficulties with considerable braveness and determination.

Her appearance at Brisbane was to a full and enthusiastic crowd. She knows and you will too, if you read the book, that this was an enormous success compared to the last one. So pick up the book and keep a look out for her next performance. This is one which will raise a lot of laughs not least because she is one of those rare people who can see the funny side to everything life throws at her.
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Cost: $29
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