False Start: A Memoir of Things Best Forgotten

O'Flynn, Mark

False Start: A Memoir of Things Best Forgotten


In the tradition of the great Aussie yarn, a hilarious ‘fish-out-of-water tale of three jobs gone horribly wrong. In the early 1980s recently graduated arts student Mark O’Flynn is told in no uncertain terms by his fato stop fruit picking and get a proper job! In an effort to kickstart his son’s career in the workplace he arranges for Mark to work in a quarry in outback Australia. Dropped in the middle of central Queensland, and somewhat underwhelmed by the 40 degree heat, barrage of flies, never ending parade of snakes and a steady diet of meat and beer, Mark encounters a group of men the likes of whom he has never seen before in his city life. Men the colour of boiled mutwho work only as hard as they need to, play as hard as they can, adhered strictly to the rules of the union and call each other ‘Brother’. Soon Mark realises that the men are under the impression that he is a ‘science expert’ and decides the best … and only … thing to do is go with the flow. So begins Mark’s adventures in being an ‘accidental expert’, a situation he finds himself in on a recurring basis, whether it is as a rock specialist, a writer and actor thrust prematurely upon the stage or a special agent charged with the safe transport of a life-size statue of the Virgin Mary to Ireland. These hilarious and droll accounts of three jobs that went ‘horribly wrong’ continue the rich tradition of the great Ausyarn – and will appeal to readers who apthe unexpected and

  • Finch Publishing
  • 9781921462894
  • Jan 1 2013
  • 224 Pages