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Holidays

by William McInnes

‘A holiday is a time when you do lovely things that you never get a chance to really do otherwise.’ So Iris McInnes told her youngest son, William, as she tried to explain the meaning of a holiday.

Holidays is about going away and staying at home. It’s about the relaxing times you had as a kid, escapes you have with your children and the stories you hear from your friends. It can be about a romantic sunset, the spare seat at breakfast being taken by an attractive stranger, a miraculous airline upgrade – or missing bags, unfortunate rashes and wrong turns that lead to places you definitely did not intend to go. But most of all it’s about being in your backyard in an above-ground pool, floating in circles, staring at the clouds as you go round and round, and knowing as you float that life is sweet because you’re on holidays.

Whatever kind of holiday you’ve got planned, make sure you pack this warm and funny celebration of Australia’s favourite national pastime.

 

 

 



About William McInnes

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 novels Cricket Kings and The Laughing Clowns, and his insight into Australian life since the 1940s, written with Essential Media and Entertainment, The Making of Modern Australia. In 2011, with his wife Sarah Watt he co-wrote Worse Things Happen at Sea, which was named the best non-fiction title in the ABIA and the Indie Awards in 2012. An award-winning actor, William has won two Logies and an AFI Award for Best Actor for his role in the film 'Unfinished Sky'. He received critical and public acclaim for his leading role in the film 'Look Both Ways', written and directed by Sarah Watt, and starred in the ABC television series, 'The Time of Our Lives'. William grew up in Queensland and now lives in Melbourne with his two children.

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