In­ti­mate in­sight from sis­ter

Horowhenua Chronicle - - SPORT - Tony Nielsen

Michael

Tina Hutchence, Allen & Un­win, $36.99

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Michael Hutchence lived life in the fast lane, and like many oth­ers, his flame was ex­tin­guished much too soon, seem­ingly an ac­ci­dent from a risky at­tempt to self grat­i­fi­ca­tion. Hutchence's life was also laid bare to the world, as the high-pro­file front­man for world-beat­ing Aussie band INXS.

There were many other sides to the man who walked that life, and this new book from his older sis­ter, Tina, helps us to bet­ter un­der­stand what can go on, away from the lime­light that he oc­cu­pied 24/7.

As a 12-year-old, Tina Hutchence held her new-born brother in her arms for the first time. Their re­la­tion­ship de­vel­oped so that she be­came his con­fi­dant through­out his too short life. It's an in­ti­mate story that only Tina could tell. Long ago se­crets are now shared, in­clud­ing a brain in­jury that im­pacted his pub­lic life. And es­pe­cially the love he had for his only child, Heav­enly Hi­raani Tiger Lily.

Lit­er­a­ture too played a sig­nif­i­cant role in Michael Hutchence's life. Never was he with­out at least one book at hand. Tina takes us into a to­tally dif­fer­ent side from the rock star that was avail­able to his fans, and those who saw him in a dif­fer­ent way. It's a per­sonal and heart­felt shar­ing the roller­coaster life of one of Aus­tralia's and the world's top rock tal­ents. —

Michael Hutchence.

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