Work­ing Class Boy

by Jimmy Barnes, HarperCollins.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

We all know Jimmy Barnes grew up rough, but this gen­uinely shock­ing mem­oir re­veals how very rough and tough it was. From his early days in Glas­gow, filled with booze, chaos and screams in the night, to his grim child­hood in Ade­laide, to his way­ward teen years, the mys­tery is that young Jimmy even sur­vived – let alone rose to be­come a rock’n’roll leg­end. It re­minded me of that fa­mous mis­ery mem­oir, An­gela’s Ashes, in that for all the abuse and hor­ror he en­dured, he writes kindly both of his al­co­holic fa­ther and run­away mother, of the power and strength of fam­ily. This is vol­ume one of the book he needed to write to ex­pel his demons – all his own words, he swears – and I’m hang­ing out for the next one.

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