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The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny

A Memoir

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'As I look back over my life, I see great lessons learnt from revered spiritual teachers, but also from friends, strangers and even the odd junkie prostitute. I remember moments of enlightenment that arrived with a bang, and moments born of the self-reflection only true boredom can provide. I made a few decisions while painting a fence once. Those decisions turned out to be very noisy indeed.'

Comedian and radio and TV personality Meshel Laurie was once Michelle Laurie, whose story begins in Queensland. Michelle survived her Catholic schooldays but by Year Nine had morphed into Meshel, who daydreamed of moving to Melbourne - home of Dogs in Space and the back room of the Espy.

Meshel's insider's perspective on the 1990s comedy scene is intimate and more than a little surprising. She paints a picture of a close-knit environment and tells before-they-were-famous stories about up-and-comers who are today's household names, and about the kindness of comic superstars she encountered along the way: Dave Hughes, Julia Morris, Rove, Wil Anderson, Wendy Harmer and others. We find out about the workings of an inner-city brothel, what it's like to be 'the girl on Rove' and how fence-painting can help save a life.

The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny is an honest and heartfelt look at life in all its messiness and unpredictability.

Customer Reviews

The Fence Painting Fortnight of Destiny

I'm a big fan of Meshel's, ironically, i first got to 'know' her in the phase of her life she was most unhappy. It's testament to her professionalism that as a listener I had no idea how unhappy she truly was.

I enjoyed listening to Meshel's journey and adore her ability to discuss funny, personal and political issues in a brutally honest, charismatic and entertaining way. Keep on keeping on Meshel, luv ur work.
Big luv ox

Great read

A candid, funny, raw and real book. Meshal let's us in and shares the highs and lows of her life with us! I loved it!!

Loved the Melbourne name dropping!

Meshell tells it all ... A warm reflection on her life ... I enjoyed it ... Loved hearing how she met all the Melb comedians! Best of luck for your future Meshell !

The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: 01 September 2013
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Seller: Allen & Unwin Pty Limited
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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