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Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)

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The bestselling, hilarious memoir from one of Australia’s most adored performers and host of breakfast radio on Sydney’s 2DayFM with Harley Breen

Funny, feisty and fabulous, Em Rusciano’s insights into her world of mayhem, marriage and motherhood are a laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud balm for the soul.

From her exploits at the Miss Sheila Fancypants School of Dance and her efforts to secure a solo at her end-of-year performance, to embracing the spotlight as an Australian Idol contestant and her deep and abiding love for John Farnham, Em Rusciano is a self-confessed bottomless pit of anxiety with a taste for glitter.

And behind the stage make-up Em is an overachiever of epic proportions, camp to the core and fiercely maternal. She has all the insecurities of a person who spends their nights racked with self-doubt and all the confidence of a woman who can walk out onto a stage in front of a sold-out theatre and absolutely slay the crowd. Em has an army of gay men she adores, tells the best dirty jokes and loves those closest to her ferociously. When the chips are down you definitely want her by your side.

This all-singing, all-dancing, all-emoting, leopard-print clad warrior is fearless, fabulous and pants-wettingly funny. Her words on the page are silly and sacred, bawdy and heartfelt. The stuff of life.

Try Hard is her story.

Because she is. And she does.

Customer Reviews


I can't recommend this book highly enough. I loved it from the first page to the last. It made me laugh until I cried. If you are a child of the 80s or 90s it will make you reminisce about your own childhood antics. I must say I never thought I would laugh so hard reading about a funeral. Great job Em, you truly are amazing!!

Worth the wait 👌

Have been waiting for this book to be released having had the pleasure of seeing Em Rusciano is Not A Diva during the Adelaide Fringe this year and listening to the weekly podcast of her radio show. Reading this book is just like you would expect it to be - real, honest, open and 100% Em 10/10

Five stars for sure!

A beautiful read! Engaging, funny, clever and very touching. I laughed out loud at some parts and ugly cried at others-although I was getting my period so I was pretty up and down anyways..
I've followed Em on Facebook for a couple of years now, since her first article for Mamamia, and I forget sometimes that while we're kindred spirits, we don't actually know each other. This book and its repeated references to Steel Magnolias, Madonna, Gay Pride and being too damn hard on yourself has done nothing to dispel that close friend feeling.
She has truly found her people and has connected with them by being her perfectly imperfect self.
Love her. Love the book. Five stars for sure!

Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever (Extra Sass Edition)
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: 26 October 2016
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 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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