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I fell in love with my first misfit at the age of three. He was a disabled man in a wheelchair who sold newspapers every afternoon outside the Empire Hotel in Annandale. Whenever I glimpsed him in the distance I would break into a run, jump onto his lap, and smother him with kisses. Misfits & Me represents a selection of Mandy Sayers non-fiction writing from the past “I fell in love with my first misfit at the age of three. He was a disabled man in a wheelchair who sold newspapers every afternoon outside the Empire Hotel in Annandale. Whenever I glimpsed him in the distance I would break into a run, jump onto his lap, and smother him with kisses.” Misfits & Me represents a selection of Mandy Sayer’s non-fiction writing from the past twenty years. Each essay has been chosen to reflect a different aspect of Mandy’s attraction to Australia’s misfits and outsiders, from child gangs and hoarders to pensioner drug dealers. Sayer also writes with her inimitable frankness about her unconventional family, her unusual marriage to playwright and author Louis Nowra, and her writing process. 'Mandy Sayer’s Misfits & Me is warm and generous, deadly serious and very funny. Sayer is a terrific storyteller and the stories that she is telling us here are vital, surprising and necessary.' — Christos Tsiolkas 'Sayer deftly draws parallels between her own experiences of trauma and those of her interview subjects...will appeal to fans of Sayer’s previous work over the last two decades as well as readers of investigative journalism. ' — Sonia Nair, Books+Publishing


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I fell in love with my first misfit at the age of three. He was a disabled man in a wheelchair who sold newspapers every afternoon outside the Empire Hotel in Annandale. Whenever I glimpsed him in the distance I would break into a run, jump onto his lap, and smother him with kisses. Misfits & Me represents a selection of Mandy Sayers non-fiction writing from the past “I fell in love with my first misfit at the age of three. He was a disabled man in a wheelchair who sold newspapers every afternoon outside the Empire Hotel in Annandale. Whenever I glimpsed him in the distance I would break into a run, jump onto his lap, and smother him with kisses.” Misfits & Me represents a selection of Mandy Sayer’s non-fiction writing from the past twenty years. Each essay has been chosen to reflect a different aspect of Mandy’s attraction to Australia’s misfits and outsiders, from child gangs and hoarders to pensioner drug dealers. Sayer also writes with her inimitable frankness about her unconventional family, her unusual marriage to playwright and author Louis Nowra, and her writing process. 'Mandy Sayer’s Misfits & Me is warm and generous, deadly serious and very funny. Sayer is a terrific storyteller and the stories that she is telling us here are vital, surprising and necessary.' — Christos Tsiolkas 'Sayer deftly draws parallels between her own experiences of trauma and those of her interview subjects...will appeal to fans of Sayer’s previous work over the last two decades as well as readers of investigative journalism. ' — Sonia Nair, Books+Publishing

10 review for Misfits & Me : Collected Non-fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Malcolm Frawley

    Although she is perhaps better known for her novels, Mandy Sayer is no stranger to non-fiction, having already published 3 volumes of her memoirs. This collection of essays (although they are much more entertaining than that sounds) travels far & wide & occasionally adds chapters to those memoirs. Absorbing, even gripping, explorations of people she regards as misfits, & that is in no way intended as an insult, these stories capture aspects of being Australian that prompt everything Although she is perhaps better known for her novels, Mandy Sayer is no stranger to non-fiction, having already published 3 volumes of her memoirs. This collection of essays (although they are much more entertaining than that sounds) travels far & wide & occasionally adds chapters to those memoirs. Absorbing, even gripping, explorations of people she regards as misfits, & that is in no way intended as an insult, these stories capture aspects of being Australian that prompt everything from laughter to tears. And the more investigative pieces, documenting serious transgressions of either law or morality, are particularly powerful & suggest that a 2nd career is already waiting for her. Highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather Smith

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

  4. 5 out of 5

    Clinton Krause

  5. 5 out of 5

    Megan Cummins

  6. 5 out of 5

    Missbonnie

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

  8. 4 out of 5

    Joumana Awad

  9. 5 out of 5

    Robin Bower

  10. 5 out of 5

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