Another Bloody Ratbag Book (Ratbag Hardback Edition #2)
Author(s): Kerry Cue
Another Bloody Ratbag Book is a highly enjoyable continuation of the Meehan mayhem encountered first in Crooks, Chooks and Bloody Ratbags.
This wry look at small-town life in Kyneton Victoria through the eyes of the police sergeant's daughter provides lots of laughter and some more serious moments too as the local character (ratbags and others) are brought to life by Kerry Cue's delightfully forthright all-Australian prose.
"Had to be written...as much a boon to Australian Humorous Literature as the telephone book was to the outdoor dunny"- Outhouse & Garden
"If this book doesn't tickle your fancy...then, trade-in your fancy"- Popular Neurotics
"Moving, violent, explosive...and that's just her mother's cooking"- The Ulcer Daily
"This book is as Australian as a Koala Tea Cosy, as crazy as a cockeyed cockatoo and as outrageously ridiculous as a paralytic parrot"-The Australian Unliterary Supplement
"This book leaves you feeling as happy as a red-back spider on a two-seater dunny"- The Australian Lousekeeper
She might have been the only woman on her science and engineering course at Melbourne University in the early 1970s but Kerry Cue doesn’t consider herself a ground breaker.
“I was aware that women weren’t given the same opportunities (as men). I started teaching in 1973 and equal pay for women wasn’t ratified in all jobs until the following year,” she recalled. “But then the hurdles started falling and I didn’t have to push too hard to make it through, really.”
Cue taught maths and science in secondary schools in Melbourne’s northeastern suburbs for “10 demanding years” before opting for a career change to become a humorous writer.
Her first book, Crooks, Chooks and Bloody Ratbags, detailed her childhood living in the police station in Kyneton, where her father was the police sergeant.
“When I was at uni, I’d come back from a weekend in Kyneton and say to my fellow students, ‘You’ll never guess what happened this time’ and they would be roaring with laughter. So, I eventually decided to put some of those stories down in a book,” she said.
She’s since published 20 books, including I Left My Heart in Chinkapook and my Knickers in New York and Born to Whinge, described as an “unreliable guide to parenting”.
The now 67-year-old, who lives in Ivanhoe with husband Don, also wrote a column for major Australian newspapers, including the Herald Sun, for many years.
Her latest book, co-authored with psychologist and writer Doris Brett, is The Sunday Story Club (Macmillan, $32.99), a collection of powerful real-life stories that came out of the monthly “salon” they run together.
“(Doris and I) just decided we were sick of small talk. We thought there had to be more to life than talking about the football and the weather. So, we started a salon and the stories have been amazing,” Cue said.
For the past decade, she’s also written a popular maths blog, Mathspig, which aims to make maths fun and relevant.
Its success led to Cue being asked to speak at the International Congress on Mathematical Education, in Hamburg, in 2016. “I was the only comic maths blogger there. It was hilarious,” she said.
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