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'I was born to make people laugh. Marry that with an impulsive nature, add to the mix an undisciplined childhood, chuck in a psyche that rebels against silly rules and, hey presto, you've produced a bloody ratbag!' - Sandy Thorne Growing up in Bald Hills near Brisbane in the 1950s and '60s, when dunnies were outside and Sunday roasts were likely to come from you own chook pen, Sandy had a great time making the most of her freedom in the glory days of the Sunshine State. But she also got into more strife than Flash Gordon. With a philandering father drifting in and out of her home life and a collection of very loyal animals as her constant companions, Sandy honed her survival skills and quickly learned how to talk her way out of sticky situations, emerging with an ability to laugh at herself (and to entertain the class in the teacher's absence). If you've ever pinched fruit, pelted rocks on people's roofs, talked about hairs in Grade 7, been expelled from school or escorted home in a police car, this hilarious memoir will be a trip down memory lane. If you didn't do any of those things, you'll still be thoroughly entertained by a bonzer adventure through childhood in a bygone era.
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A former jillaroo, horse breaker and bull-catcher, Sandy Thorne is a bush poet and Australia's favourite yarn spinner. She is the author of Bonzer and Old-Timers: Magnificent Stories from Mighty Australians. Sandy has performed at countless festivals, concerts, conferences and other events as well as on TV and radio all over Australia, New Zealand and the US. She launched her first book in 1980 on The Midday Show by ripping the top off a stubby with her teeth. Her books have sold over 460,000 copies. Sandy lives on a station near Lightning Ridge.

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