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You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Bus

Celebrating Mediocrity in a World That Tries Too Hard

By Carrie Cox

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Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: Australia, 01 June 2006
In You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Bus, Carrie Cox heroically reclaims the sullied reputation of mediocrity. And along the way redefines success, reveals the meaning of life, and gets us through that awkward lull between the cricket and footie season (not bad for just 220 pages, huh?) A real person's guide to getting by in this difficult thing called life, Carrie Cox rightly shows that basic survival and so-called ordinariness are not only big asks, they're bloody great achievements. The mediocre among us should be profiled, recognised and celebrated - heck, who didn't love Steve Bradbury that little bit more for the way he won his Olympic gold? Brimming with humour and lashings of philosophical genius, You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Bus is full of modern day wit and wisdom as well as a look at mediocrity's historic evolution: the twists and turns, people and events that paved its slide from a measure of greatness (circa June 1528) to a modern mark of obscurity. But no more! says this modern bible of self-appreciation, mediocrity will have its day on the sun-lounge again. You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Bus is for anyone who's tired of trying to do it all: working mums, those finding the corporate ladder is more like a fireman's pole, jaded singles, guys trying to be there' and still follow their favourite code - it's a sea-change for the psyche. And a bloody good laugh.

Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionChapter 1: Don't worry, what's happy?Chapter 2: Great expectationsChapter 3: The essentially ordinary guide to loveChapter 4: The essentially ordinary guide to health, wealth and wisdomChapter 5: The essentially ordinary guide to parentingChapter 6: A short, mediocre guide to historyChapter 7: A life more ordinaryChapter 8: A life more ordinary: the cheat's guide

About the Author

Carrie Cox was born and raised in Mackay. A tomboy with a penchant for backyard cricket and hitting canetoads with a nine-iron, she was once lapped by Cathy Freeman in a junior 100m final. Becoming a journalist, Carrie worked for various magazines and newspapers, including TV Week, Practical Parenting (where she is the Deputy Editor), Encore and The Sunday Telegraph. She now works solely freelance (read: in pyjamas) and is the author of Carrie On', a weekly humour column syndicated to various regional newspapers, including The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton), The Illawarra Mercury and The Cairns Post. This is her first book.

EAN: 9781741143973
ISBN: 1741143977
Publisher: Allen & Unwin Academic
Dimensions: 19.5 x 13 x 1.2 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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