My Ratbag Relations (Ratbag Paperback Edition #3)

Author(s): Kerry Cue

Second Hand Biography

My Ratbag Relations is a highly enjoyable continuation of the Meehan mayhem encountered in "Crooks, Chooks and Bloody Ratbags", and "Another Bloody Ratbag Book". 

Most people have at least a couple of relations. Kerry Cue seems to have hundreds and the heroes and heroines of Kerry's saga of life in the small town of Kyneton are back again.

The chaos and havoc of family life - the police picnic, the mother-and-daughter night at school, weddings, Christmas, Guy Fawkes' night - can get even more complicated if you live at the police station.

This book tells you how the author Kerry Cue saw country life as a blossoming adolescent in the small town of Kyneton in Victoria, Australia. While all the stories are based on episodes from her wonderfully wacky childhood, the characters are drawn from many people - those locals who wish to find themselves will, and those who do not will not. The rest of the population will be kept guessing.


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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.

General Fields

  • : 9780140114201
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kerry Cue
  • : Paperback
  • : 1990