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What I Would Do If I Were You

A comedian’s hilarious, sharply observed take on the bizarre events that make up day to day family life

“Every morning I wake up and I think, Today, I am going to be a nice person. But I can’t do it. By 8 o’clock I have lost my mind. Every day my kids act like the whole concept of getting up and going to school is a brand new idea. ‘What, we’re going to school? Really, what a surprise!’ Of all the parenting routines, it’s the morning routine that turns my head inside out”

Welcome to the wonderful, slightly wacky world of Mandy Nolan. She is a stand-up comedian, an artist, and a mother of five children ranging in age from toddler to teenager. Her on-stage accounts of everyday events of family life have entertained audiences for years. This hilarious collection of stories centered around Mandy’s chaotic and slightly dysfunctional family life-and her attempts to be like the perfect, ideal mother she knows exists, somewhere. Mandy’s perspective on home life and all its complications is delightfully unconventional and, above all, wickedly funny. Her humorous take on the bizarre events and mundanities of daily life are honestly and sharply observed-whether it is trying to revive her children’s dying guinea pig, coping with their Facebook friends, explaining the dangers of sex and drugs (while hoping desperately they don’t find out about her own past indiscretions), battling against head lice, or struggling to regain her own disappearing self-identity.

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Boyfriends We’ve All Had (and Shouldn’t Have)

A raunchy laugh-a-minute romp through the dating mistakes we all make before finding Mr Just Right and settling down in the ‘burbs. Written with Mandy’s customary wit and punch, BOYFRIENDS is an entertaining read for Mother’s Day. In Boyfriends We’ve All Had (and Shouldn’t Have) Mandy Nolan turns her ascerbic wit onto boyfriends past … and no one escapes her observations. From the needy besotted drip to the brooding unavailable bad boy, from Mr New Age to Mr Emotional Retard, Mandy has seen them all come and go in her quest for Mr Right. this is a hilarious and revealing look at the emotional, pot-boiling mess and angst of every type of romantic relationship.

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Home Truths

In Home Truths, comedian and author Mandy Nolan explores the significance of place in relationship to self, specifically what it is about home that is so intrinsic to our sense of self and what is says about our place in the world and our emotional, mental and spiritual
wellbeing. This is a book about who we are in the place where we live, and why; It’s about who we are when no-one is watching, when the doors are closed and the pants come off.

Mandy leaves no corner of our suburban psyches undisturbed in her clean-out of our comfort cobwebs, using her comedic talents to unearth insights buried behind closed doors, including:

  • Do share houses unleash the hidden and very messy inner monster hiding
    within us all?
  • What does your rental property say about your approach to life?
  • What will the neighbours learn by perving through your windows or rummaging through the leftover detritus of past relationships that now grace your garage sale? and
  • Were people less troubled by obesity when their chairs and beds were more uncomfortable and pain forced them to get up earlier and rest less? Have plasma TVs and plush-cushioned comfort made us fat?

It was on her knees unpacking the dishwasher that Nolan had one of her most important epiphanies.
‘Life is not all about choice. Sometimes it’s about subjugating one’s own desires and ego at the service of the mundane. My daily rituals, my chores, the endless grind, this is the anvil that anchors my ego to the ground, that stops me floating skywards, becoming puffed up and unbearable…There are many people who would benefit from laundry therapy. I wonder when James Packer last washed his own undies?’

In Home Truths, Mandy explores the symptoms and the roots of this love of comfort, tracing our deluded nostalgia for the past and the disappointment that is the result of going back to revisit the buildings and landmarks of your past. Everything seems so much smaller, stiller and less impressive. Places that were magical in childhood are exposed as ordinary in adulthood.

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