Home Truths: A Memoir by David Williamson

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The definitive memoir of David Williamson, author of iconic dramas such as The Removalists, The Club, Don's Party, Emerald City and Travelling North, as well as more than fifty other plays, explores the life of the writer and the true stories and real lives that inspired his works. A powerful force in theatre since the 1970s, Williamson's plays have uniquely explored the pulse of our Australianness.

After five decades of chronicling the blunders, mishaps and messes that he and his fellow Australians got themselves into, Williamson has penned his long-awaited memoir, Home Truths. It reveals the story of the man behind the work: how a childhood defined by marital discord sparked a lifelong fascination with the power of drama to explore emotional conflict; how a mechanical engineering student became our most successful playwright; the anxiety that plagued him as he crafted his plays; the joy of connecting with an audience and the enduring sting of the critics; and the great love story that defined his personal life.

Fearless, candid and witty, Williamson also writes about the plethora of odd, interesting, caustic and brilliant people – actors, directors, writers, theatre critics, politicians – who have intersected with his life and work: from a young Jacki Weaver and Chris Haywood in the first Sydney production of The Removalists in 1971 to Nicole Kidman on the brink of stardom in the 1988 feature film of Emerald City and lively dinners with political powerhouse Paul Keating; and from Graham Kennedy in the 1976 film version of Don's Party through eventful overseas travels with Gareth Evans, Peter Carey and Tim Winton to a West End production of Up for Grabs starring Madonna, and the satisfaction of seeing his sons Felix and Rory tread the boards in several of his own plays.

Praise for David Williamson:

'Australia's most enduringly popular social comedy writer … keenly observant and satirical.'The Sydney Morning Herald

'Williamson always keeps us engaged … his words weave a spellbinding course … testament to the power of [his] language.' The Daily Telegraph

'Our greatest dramatic entertainer' Chris Boyd, Financial Review

'His genius has been to define for us, in advance of our own recognition, the qualities which make up the Australian character' Katharine Brisbane, The Australian
Article Number:
182945
Author:
David Williamson
Brand Name:
HarperCollins
ISBN:
9781460759530
Number of Pages:
432
Product Contains:
CHB
Product Depth:
3.0 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.5 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
29.09.2021
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Release Date:
Wed Sep 29 00:00:00 AEST 2021
Product details
The definitive memoir of David Williamson, author of iconic dramas such as The Removalists, The Club, Don's Party, Emerald City and Travelling North, as well as more than fifty other plays, explores the life of the writer and the true stories and real lives that inspired his works. A powerful force in theatre since the 1970s, Williamson's plays have uniquely explored the pulse of our Australianness.

After five decades of chronicling the blunders, mishaps and messes that he and his fellow Australians got themselves into, Williamson has penned his long-awaited memoir, Home Truths. It reveals the story of the man behind the work: how a childhood defined by marital discord sparked a lifelong fascination with the power of drama to explore emotional conflict; how a mechanical engineering student became our most successful playwright; the anxiety that plagued him as he crafted his plays; the joy of connecting with an audience and the enduring sting of the critics; and the great love story that defined his personal life.

Fearless, candid and witty, Williamson also writes about the plethora of odd, interesting, caustic and brilliant people – actors, directors, writers, theatre critics, politicians – who have intersected with his life and work: from a young Jacki Weaver and Chris Haywood in the first Sydney production of The Removalists in 1971 to Nicole Kidman on the brink of stardom in the 1988 feature film of Emerald City and lively dinners with political powerhouse Paul Keating; and from Graham Kennedy in the 1976 film version of Don's Party through eventful overseas travels with Gareth Evans, Peter Carey and Tim Winton to a West End production of Up for Grabs starring Madonna, and the satisfaction of seeing his sons Felix and Rory tread the boards in several of his own plays.

Praise for David Williamson:

'Australia's most enduringly popular social comedy writer … keenly observant and satirical.'The Sydney Morning Herald

'Williamson always keeps us engaged … his words weave a spellbinding course … testament to the power of [his] language.' The Daily Telegraph

'Our greatest dramatic entertainer' Chris Boyd, Financial Review

'His genius has been to define for us, in advance of our own recognition, the qualities which make up the Australian character' Katharine Brisbane, The Australian
Specification
Article Number:
182945
Author:
David Williamson
Brand Name:
HarperCollins
ISBN:
9781460759530
Number of Pages:
432
Product Contains:
CHB
Product Depth:
3.0 cm
Product Height:
23.4 cm
Product Weight:
0.5 kg
Product Width:
15.3 cm
Published:
29.09.2021
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Release Date:
Wed Sep 29 00:00:00 AEST 2021