By 1996 John Birmingham had lived with 89 people and kept notes on all of them. In six weeks he cooked up this shared house memoir laced with a dash of fiction. The exact nature of the recipe remains a secret, but the result put food and drink on the young Birmingham’s table. Indeed, it turned him from a struggling freelance journalist with a brown couch into a best-selling author with a property portfolio. Or his own house, anyway. The stage play and the motion picture helped.
“The On the Road of the nineties. Except it’s set inside.”
Sir Les Patterson
There is a sort of sequel called The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco, also available from Duffy & Snellgrove.