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Do oysters get bored? : a curious life
Do oysters get bored? : a curious life
Lilley, Rozanna2018
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Rozanna Lilley is a social anthropologist, autism researcher, and Oscar's mum. Oscar is on the autism spectrum, which means he has a particular way of being in the world and understanding the lives of those around him. As Rozanna and her husband Neil navigate Oscar's childhood, the author reflects upon her own childhood and adolescence, spent in a libertarian, self-consciously bohemian household first in Perth and then in Sydney presided over by her parents, the writers Dorothy Hewett and Merv Lilley. Through personal essays, Lilley works through the ongoing repercussions of childhood trauma and captures Oscar's rich inner world, as revealed through his vivid fantasy life and curious observations. Do Oysters Get Bored? is a shimmering examination of an eccentric family, the complexities of care and the toll of grief in middle-age. A set of poems serve as a counterpoint to the essays in this directly charming and surprisingly funny account of daily life.
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Imprint:
Crawley, Western Australia : UWA Publishing, 2018.
Collation:
vii, 220 pages : illustrations, photographs ; 24 cm.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: Memoir -- First snow -- Climb every mountain or The stupid view -- We are Australian -- Crocodile tears -- Clubbing -- Fear of flying -- A bitter pill -- Do oysters get bored? -- Poetry in motion (a still life) -- Miss Leighton -- Anxiety clinic -- Catastrophic -- a brief meditation on the role of pets in family life -- Pneumonia or Awful things do happen: an illness in eight episodes -- The Little Prince, and other vehicles -- Are you my mother? -- Hauntings -- Poetry -- The Red Witch -- Tickertape -- Up-to-Nans -- Runaway -- The lesson -- Funny face -- Witchetty grub -- Homecoming -- Warp and weft -- Soap opera -- Among spotted gums -- The first time -- Come here, child -- Town Hall cafe -- A little prayer -- Gifted and talented -- Our tangled thorns -- The celebrity pornographer -- It's a take -- Mickey Mouse romance -- My musical interlude -- Coming of age -- My leading man -- Anniversary -- Paperback confessional -- Looking for Jane --Contents note continued: Honey suckle -- Bukowski's bride -- Pipeline -- Pearly whites -- Wedgwood -- Birthday buddy -- Sylvia's mother said -- Daytrip -- Night ibis -- Captive memory -- Blowhole -- The colour rose -- Dream mother -- Zigzag -- Reckoning -- Vengeance valley -- The onesie party -- Hailstorm.
ISBN:
9781742589633
Dewey class:
618.9285
Language:
English
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Beaumaris LibraryBiography618.9285 LILAvailable
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