An Unforgettable Memoir: Read an Extract of Truths from an Unreliable Witness by Fiona O’Loughlin

An Unforgettable Memoir: Read an Extract of Truths from an Unreliable Witness by Fiona O’Loughlin

My wedding dress was made of tulle. I looked like one of those Kewpie dolls on a stick you’d buy from the Easter Show, but I felt every bit the beaming, blushing bride. I had pushed for the marriage. Well, to be honest, I had pushed for the wedding. I’d wanted a big, fun party, but I hadn’t for a second considered the reality of being a wife. When the party ended, I moved to Alice Springs with someone I had never lived with. At least it was a bloody good party.

I’d lost my virginity to Chris when I was nineteen after I got tired of saying no and knew he was the one. As a ‘good’ Catholic girl, I needed to marry him. For me, the night I first had sex was the night I committed to Chris forever. I lessened the shame I felt about having sex before marriage by ‘doing the right thing’. I was only going to sleep with one person my whole life and that person was going to be Chris O’Loughlin. I hoped that by marrying the bloke, I wouldn’t be sent to hell for my mortal sin…

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        Truths from an Unreliable Witness
        Author
        Fiona O’Loughlin
        Publisher
        Hachette
        Genre
        Non Fiction
        Released
        27 October, 2020

        Synopsis

        A fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir from one of Australia's most loved comedians shows us that no matter how far down you get, there is always a way back. Fiona O'Loughlin was raised in the generation of children who were to be seen, but not heard ... unless there were guests in the house. Then she'd watch everyone, telling stories, making each other laugh. This was where she discovered the rhythm of stories and the lubrication that alcohol leant the telling. Years later, as a mum of five, Fiona would become one of Australia's most-loved comedians, performing gigs in New York, Montreal, Singapore, London, Toronto and Edinburgh. Fiona looked like she was living her dream - but she was hiding a secret in open sight, using alcoholism as material for her comedy and using comedy as an excuse for her alcoholism. Truths from an Unreliable Witness is a fiercely honest and wryly funny memoir of melancholy, love, marriage, the loss of love and marriage, homelessness, of hotel rooms strewn with empty mini-bar bottles of vodka, of waking from a two-week coma, of putrid drug dens and using a jungle to confront yourself. It is about hitting rock bottom and then realising you are only halfway down. Ultimately, it's about hanging on to your last straw of sanity and finding laughter in the darkest of times. You may want to sit down for this...
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        About the author

        Fiona O'Loughlin

        Fiona O'Loughlin is Australian comedy royalty with an award-winning career of almost twenty years. Fiona performs to packed houses across the globe, from headlining the world-renowned Improv Comedy Club in LA, to repeat seasons in Hong Kong, and performing at Edinburgh Fringe, Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, the UK's Leicester Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. As well as a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian, Fiona is an accomplished author, publishing Me of the Never Never in 2011. She has also appeared on I'm a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here!Good News WeekSpicks and Specks and Celebrity Apprentice among many others. Fiona lives in Adelaide.

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