The Laughing Clowns

The Laughing Clowns : A Tale of Finding Love Again by Going Home

By (author) William McInnes

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When a developer asks Peter to assess a prime piece of Queensland real estate the Pickersgill Peninsula Showgrounds he jumps at the chance. It will give him time out from having to be with the family he loves. And it will take him back to his childhood home; to his parents, his twin sister, Pearl, and his brother, Gary, the TV weatherman. Over these few days, he will come to realise that sometimes when you go back to where you came from you find out how much you actually have, and how much you could lose. He just has to make his mind up, and listen to the advice that s given by, of all people the King of Hot Dogs. But will he?

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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 128 x 199 x 25mm | 282g
  • 30 Jul 2013
  • Hachette Australia
  • Sydney
  • English
  • 0733630278
  • 9780733630279
  • 623,342

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William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular stage and screen actors, and with the publication of his memoir A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY and his novel CRICKET KINGS, he has become a much-loved writer too. In 2006 A MAN'S GOT TO HAVE A HOBBY was selected as one of the Books Alive 50 Great Reads and William was named 'Australian Newcomer of the Year' at the Australian Book Industry Awards, and in 2007 CRICKET KINGS was shortlisted in the 'Australian General Fiction Book of the Year' category for these awards. William received critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film Look Both Ways, written and directed by his late wife, Sarah Watt. In 2011, he and Sarah co-wrote WORSE THINGS HAPPEN AT SEA, a celebration of family life in words and pictures. William grew up in Queensland and now lives in Melbourne with his two children.

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'For a novel that has so few pretensions, this is a skilfully constructed story that manages to be insightful, understated and very funny simultaneously.' [Sydney Morning Herald]'William McInnes is insightful, thoughtful and funny. He has a flair for fiction as much as memoirs and non-fiction, as THE LAUGHING CLOWNS will attest.' [Daily Telegraph]'McInnes generates warmth and humour through the excellent interaction of well-drawn characters such as Peter's parents, Ken and Mary.' [Weekend Australian]

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