Authentic and Witty: Read our Review of Truths from an Unreliable Witness by Fiona O’Loughlin

Authentic and Witty: Read our Review of Truths from an Unreliable Witness by Fiona O’Loughlin

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.

Memoirs have always been a personal favourite of mine, especially when they reveal the very human and relatable struggles of people we hold to a high standard. Fiona O’Loughlin has filled so many of us with laughter and joy, that reading this book was surprising; offering up an honest yet tender look into her personal struggles and story of hope.

Fiona tells us about her life, and the twists and turns it has taken, in a very authentic way, but it’s her humour and wit that really shines through. Even in the most emotional anecdotes, she still manages to leave you hopeful and smiling.

This book will definitely take you on a rollercoaster of emotions – from heartbreaking stories to uplifting and inspiring moments. Fiona is a natural storyteller, which has always been present in all her work.

If you are a fan of Fiona’s, you’ll love this. If you aren’t too familiar with her, it’s an honest look into a remarkably interesting life. Something for everyone to enjoy. A must-read!

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        Publisher details

        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...
        Fiona O'Loughlin
        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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