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ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DIRT

Rick Morton

  • Original Title: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DIRT
  • Publication date: July 2018
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Press
  • Country: AU
  • 277 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 20th century, 21st century
  • Location setting: Australia
  • Themes: FAMILY, Childhood, Maternity, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Dependence, Resilience, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Inequality, Violence

Pitch

Violence, treachery and cruelty run through the generational veins of Rick Morton's family. A horrific accident thrusts his mother and siblings into a world impossible for them to navigate, a life of poverty and drug addiction. An unflinching memoir in which the mother is a hero who is never rewarded, and a testimony to the strength of familial love.

Comments

Shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year, and longlisted for both Biography Book of the Year and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year for the 2019 ABIA Awards.

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist. He is the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year and the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist.

Summary

A brutally raw memoir about family, trauma and, above all, love.

" Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress. "

Violence, treachery and cruelty run through the generational veins of Rick Morton's family. A horrific accident thrusts his mother and siblings into a world impossible for them to navigate, a life of poverty and drug addiction.

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DIRT is an unflinching memoir in which the mother is a hero who is never rewarded. It is a meditation on the anger and fear of others and an obsession with real and imagined borders. Yet it is also a testimony to the strength of familial love and endurance.

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  • Author’s biography

    Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist with The Australian and is the author of the memoir ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF DIRT (2018), which was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year, and longlisted for both Biography Book of the Year and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year for the 2019 ABIA Awards. Originally from Queensland, he has worked in Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne and now Canberra as the social affairs writer for The Australian with a particular focus on social policy. He is the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year and the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist.