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‘So beautifully written, so important, so absolutely unflinching as it gently takes you by the hand to show you exactly what the difference is between falling and flying.’ Sarah Krasnostein, author of The Trauma Cleaner

Corey White was a golden child. He knew this because his father would hit his mother and his sisters but not him. And his mother adored him so much she let him drop out of primary school.

After losing his father to jail and his mother to heroin, though, he became a target for cruelty and dysfunction in foster homes. A scholarship to a prestigious boarding school lifted him out of foster care and awakened a love of learning and reading for him, but this was soon overwhelmed by a crushing depression and drug addiction.

Through it all, he kept thinking – sometimes hoping, sometimes fearing – that he was destined for something bigger. Would he find salvation in the halls of a university, or a poetically grimy crack den, or through love? Or would the golden glow that had been in him since childhood ultimately fade, leaving only darkness and ruin?

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory is a memoir of trauma and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it. It is a powerful, lyrical and darkly funny debut from one of Australia’s brightest young comedians.

‘Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Corey’s story is one of the most powerful I have ever read.’ Wil Anderson
‘Look back in anger. Look around in acceptance. Look forward in love. Harrowing, and yet hopeful.’ Tim Rogers

Reviews

‘So beautifully written, so important, so absolutely unflinching as it gently takes you by the hand to show you exactly what the difference is between falling and flying.’

Sarah Krasnostein

‘Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Corey’s story is one of the most powerful I have ever read.’

Wil Anderson

‘Look back in anger. Look around in acceptance. Look forward in love. Harrowing, and yet hopeful.’

Tim Rogers

‘There are so many reasons that I loved this book but one of them is that, while Corey’s story is extraordinary, his honesty will make it touch anyone with a heart (and that might be the corniest thing that I've ever written). Just read it.’

Judith Lucy

‘A breathtaking memoir that will leave you aching with laughter and sorrow in equal measure. Corey has written a new, essential Australian classic, about the kind of life we don't realise many Aussie kids are surviving behind closed doors. What a spectacular talent. I felt this book in my bones for days.’

Rosie Waterland

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780670079346

    July 16, 2019

    Hamish Hamilton

    288 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9781760142544

    July 16, 2019

    Penguin eBooks

    288 pages

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  • Audio Download

    9781760891275

    July 16, 2019

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $27.99

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Extract

1

My father taught me to kill. In balmy Brisbane nights, on our front lawn and in our backyard, we kill cane toads together. We smash them with cricket bats, we squish them with hammers. We crush them with our feet, we pelt them at brick walls.

At first I felt sorry for the toads. Now I don’t care. My father tells me they’re pests. The Government brought them from Hawaii to eat cane beetles but they found easier prey. They spread, killing native wildlife and people’s pet dogs. We’re fixing the Government’s mistake.

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