THE KIDS ARE AL­RIGHT

ABC RA­DIO HOST AND CHIL­DREN’S AU­THOR JAMES O’LOGHLIN, 53, PLAYS TOUCH FOOT­BALL TO KEEP FIT

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The law may be black and white, but one-time crim­i­nal lawyer James O’loghlin says his sec­ond ca­reer as a speaker, co­me­dian and chil­dren’s au­thor is far less pre­dictable.

“I’ll run the first draft jokes past my kids and I know I’m on to a good thing when they laugh,” he says. “When they don’t, I have to change it. Some­times I’ll even ar­gue with them about it. ‘It is funny!’ But, you can’t ar­gue with the reader.”

James’s first book (Un­pop­u­lar Me) in The New Kid se­ries was loosely based on his own ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Dad was a man­age­ment con­sul­tant on big build­ing projects and we kept mov­ing,” James says. “We moved to Can­berra when I was seven and I left all my friends be­hind. I was an only child so my des­per­a­tion to make friends was mag­ni­fied.”

His next book, Very Pop­u­lar Me, how lonely life is at the top.

“You’ve achieved your goal and you’re

is about pop­u­lar, but then the threats start,” he says. “It’s Game Of Thrones in pri­mary school.”

As a fa­ther of three girls, James says his home in North Bondi is a calm oa­sis.

“We’ve tried to pro­vide an at­mos­phere where the girls don’t al­ways want to run off to their rooms all the time.”

Who: ABC ra­dio host and au­thor James O’loghlin

Where: North Bondi with his part­ner, ac­tor Lucy Bell, and their daugh­ters Bibi, 16, Nina, 14, and Lily, 11

Home is: A place to be un­guarded, free and safe

Favourite thing: I’m 53 now and I thought I would stop play­ing touch foot­ball at 50, but I just didn’t want to. Most of the guys are younger than me and it’s a great in­cen­tive to keep fit

Fam­ily photo: Full dis­clo­sure – we didn’t build that snow­man. But it’s a nice pic­ture of all the kids to­gether. It’s im­por­tant to break out of rou­tine and try some­thing new.

Blue­tooth speaker: I some­times travel for work and this small speaker is a great way to turn a cold, lonely ho­tel room into some­thing that is more than that.

Book: I am al­ways read­ing a book. This is the third in a heav­ily re­searched tril­ogy about Amer­i­can in­volve­ment in the drug car­tels, from law en­force­ment to pol­i­tics.

Yoga mat: Around seven years ago I was play­ing with Lily and when I got up off the floor I started to creak. Do­ing yoga has re­ally made a dif­fer­ence to my flex­i­bil­ity and over­all health and fit­ness. I do about 15–20 min­utes ev­ery morn­ing.

More: The New Kid, Very Pop­u­lar Me,

Pan Macmil­lan, $14.99, jamesologh­lin.com

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