I’d Rather Not by Robert Skinner
From one of Australia’s most wryly funny writers comes an original and utterly hilarious memoir of reaching for the stars while lying in a ditch. I was sleeping in what might reasonably be described as a ditch, though I tried not to think of it in those terms for morale reasons . . .
About the book:
Robert Skinner arrives in the city, searching for a richer life. Things begin badly and then, surprisingly, get slightly worse. Pretty soon he’s sleeping rough and trying to run a literary magazine out of a dog park. His quest for meaning keeps being thwarted, by endless jobs, beagles, house parties, ill-advised love affairs, camel trips and bureaucratic entanglements.
Sometimes a book catches the spirit of the times. I’d Rather Not is about work, escape and that something more we all need.
‘This book is like a big, properly made gin and tonic drunk outside in a garden on a perfect Saturday afternoon.’ -Cate Kennedy, author of The World Beneath and Like a House on Fire
‘No one writes better when the stakes are lower.’ -Sam Vincent, author of My Father and Other Animals
‘My heart leaps whenever I see Robert Skinner’s by-line; I know I am in for a hilarious literary treat complete with wry pearlers, gallows truths and wicked timing. People will say he is Australia’s Sedaris, but he’s not. He’s Robert Skinner and he’s a bloody marvel.’ -Anna Krien, author of Night Games and Act of Grace
‘A funny and affecting celebration of the glorious choices we so often have about where to go and how to get there.’ -Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron and Phase Six
‘I was told this man came from the Adelaide Plains and so commenced to read his work. By the time I realised I’d been viciously misled and he actually grew up in Magill, it was too late. I was already completely in love with the book. It’s an absolute bag of lollies.’ -Annabel Crabb
‘Robert Skinner writes with humour, intelligence and heart. Pick up this book and you may never put it down.’ -Tony Birch
About the author:
Robert Skinner was born and raised on the Adelaide Plains. His writing appears frequently in The Monthly, and has also been featured in The Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Comedy Writing and Internazionale. He currently lives in Melbourne, where he works in a bookshop and plays football at the lowest level.
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Publisher: Black Inc
Published: 4 July 2023
Format: Paperback, 166p
Category: Essays – Humour