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These Things Happen

by Greg Fleet

junk-y (jung’ke)
n. pl. junk-ies Slang
1. A narcotics addict, especially one using heroin
2. One who has an insatiable interest or devotion

(ko-me-de-on) n.
1. Professional entertainer who tells jokes or performs other comic acts
2. An actor/writer in comedy
3. A person who amuses or tries to be amusing; a clown

or the same period, he’s had a drug habit that has delivered him comedy and tragedy in equal parts.

These Things Happen is Fleet’s hilarious, heartbreaking account of the life-or-death battle for his soul. On the high road: a genius wit and prodigious work ethic takes him from NIDA and Neighbours to Shakespeare with the MTC and writing and performing award-winning theatre around the country, and on to acclaim and adoration on stand-up stages all over the world. On the low road: a yearning for true love mutates in the maelstrom of addiction and leads to an extraordinary downward spiral, featuring faked and near deaths, sharing houses and needles, a six-month romance with ice, rock bottom and, just maybe, redemption.

Greg Fleet weaves the most mesmeric of memoirs. Part sweet poison, part guilty pleasure, from first gentle kiss to hate-fuelled wrecking ball. These things happen.



01 September, 2015

About Greg Fleet

Greg Fleet is an actor, comedian, broadcaster and author. Born in Michigan, USA, his family moved to Victoria when he was aged four. He studied at Geelong Grammar School for twelve years and then attended NIDA for a year before being expelled. His acting career began opposite Nicole Kidman in 1984 and he went on to star in Prisoner (as 'Delivery Man No 2'), Underbelly: Squizzy (as Richard Buckley - Australia's most violent prisoner), and Neighbours (his character killed the much-loved character Daphne), as well as treading the boards as Feste in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night for the Melbourne Theatre Company and developing a stand-up career that saw him acclaimed all over the world. Both here and in the UK, his comedy across TV, film, radio and theatre, and the honesty with which he speaks about his long-term drug addiction, has made him one of the most respected, beloved and in-debt stand-up comics around. Greg Fleet's hilarious and harrowing memoir, These Things Happen, will be published in 2015 by Pan Macmillan.


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