Author(s): William McInnes
Peter Kennedy is a very large man who is remarkably happy with his life. Yet something's not quite right, and it started with a dream that smelt of luncheon meat. Peter is successful at what he does, even though he's not sure what that is anymore. When Titan Development contracts him to go to Queensland to assess a prime piece of real estate - the Pickersgill Peninsula Showgrounds - he jumps at the chance. It will give him time out from having to be with the family he loves. And it will take him back to the home where he grew up; to his parents, who are members of the Show society, his twin sister Pearl, a bingo caller and foster mother, and his brother Gary, the TV weatherman. Over these few days, he will come to realise that sometimes when you go back to where you came from you find out how much you actually have, and how much you could lose. All he has to do is make his mind up, and listen to the advice that's given by, of all people - the King of Hot Dogs. But will he?
From William McInnes, THE LAUGHING CLOWNS is a novel that shows you can discover what is important in life just by going back home.
'For a novel that has so few pretensions, this is a skilfully constructed story that manages to be insightful, understated and very funny simultaneously.' [Sydney Morning Herald]'William McInnes is insightful, thoughtful and funny. He has a flair for fiction as much as memoirs and non-fiction, as THE LAUGHING CLOWNS will attest.' [Daily Telegraph]'McInnes generates warmth and humour through the excellent interaction of well-drawn characters such as Peter's parents, Ken and Mary.' [Weekend Australian]
William McInnes is one of Australia's most popular writers, delighting readers with his memoirs A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and That'd Be Right, his novel Cricket Kings, and his insight into Australian life since the 1940s, The Making of Modern Australia. In 2011, with his wife Sarah Watt he co-wrote Worse Things Happen At Sea, their celebration of family life in words and pictures. In 2006, A Man's Got to Have a Hobby was selected as one of the Books Alive 50 Great Reads and William was named Australian Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). In 2007, Cricket Kings was shortlisted in the Australian General Fiction Book of the Year category at the ABIAs. Worse Things Happen at Sea was named best non-fiction title in the ABIAs and the Indie Awards 2012.