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ISBN: 9781760993474
Dimensions: C Format: 23x15.2cm
Pages: 352
Publication year: 2024
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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How to Avoid a Happy Life

Written by Julia Lawrinson

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From domestic dysfunction to extraordinary bad luck, Julia Lawrinson reflects on her intriguing and eventful life with disarming honesty and wit.

Some people are born into bad situations, some people have bad situations thrust upon them, and some people find bad situations through their dodgy choices, lack of information and personal idiosyncrasies. Julia’s life sits at the intersection of all three.

From high school dropout on a psych ward to card-carrying lesbian on a motorbike, from enduring a controlling relationship with her ex-lover’s brother to being chased by a media scrum outside a Perth court, the life of beloved children’s author Julia Lawrinson is stranger than fiction – and she draws on all her power as a storyteller to turn a life of intense headlines into a wild, marvellous tale.


‘Astute, compassionate, heartbreaking, compelling – and sometimes downright astonishing.’ Kate Evans

‘Julia Lawrinson is that rarest of thing: a true original voice. Such an inventively irreverent and fearlessly honest memoir!’ Howard Norman

Pages: 352
Publication Year: 2024
Publisher: Fremantle Press
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Julia Lawrinson

Julia Lawrinson is an award-winning writer of books for children and young adults. She hails from Perth and, despite leaving school at 15, has a PhD in writing and a Bachelor of Laws with distinction. Julia has worked in a range of organisations, from the arts to parliament to health. She has presented at schools, […]

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