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Thursday 7 November 2013

Meshel Laurie: Interview - 'The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny'

The story of comedian Meshel Laurie - real name - Michelle Laurie - begins in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Michelle's Catholic school days - surrounded by ‘frenemies’ - changed into a Year Michelle morphing into 'Meshel' by year 9.

Young Meshel daydreamed of moving to Melbourne - home of 'Dogs in Space' - and the back room of the Espy.

In this very honest and often funny memoir, Meshel talks about the lengths a country girl has gone to in a quest for reinvention and self-acceptance. Here's Meshel:

Then there’s an eye-opening detour through Melbourne’s sex industry, thanks to the day job that comes dangerously close to becoming a career for Meshel.

Working her way into TV and radio, Meshel finds herself continually stepping forward, yet taking some steps back.

The result is Meshel 2.0, with added "babies, Buddhism and relationship brouhaha".

Here is Meshel's interview with Josie's Juice:

What was the catalyst for you to pen your memoir?
Honestly I was approached by Allen and Unwin to write a memoir. I would never have attempted it without the encouragement of my editor.

What did you feel when you first put pen to paper (or, you know, fingers to laptop)?
I was terrified I wouldn't be able to reach the word limit! That was all I could think about.

You are lovable and vocal and funny, and know your stuff when you put an argument forward. How do you stay abreast of knowing whats happening around you considering your busy life?
I am glued to the internet all day long. It's actually really sad, but I walk around with my phone in my hand like a Kardashian.  I'm not expecting a text from Kanye though, I'm just waiting for another quiet moment to check the internet to see if anyone knows what Kanye's just texted.

You went to great lengths, as a country girl, in your quest for reinvention and acceptance. Do you still see country girls having to work that bit harder to make it in the big smoke? What advice would you give them?
I don't think we have to, but we think we have to so we end up ahead. A little inferiority complex can be a very motivating thing.

What do you want most for people to get from reading your fabulous, funny, very honest memoir?

I hope people get a laugh and a feeling that we humans all have much in common when we're really honest about our hopes and fears.

RRP: $27.99 Ebook available: Yes

Here is the book cover:

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