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Mistakes Were Made is about the gap between our ideals in life – of love, compassion, ambition – and how things actually play out.

Liam Pieper's made some poor life choices, but he's (usually) meant well. He's tried to write important stories, fight racial prejudice and rescue traumatised puppies. And he's ended up with life-threatening infestations, a punch in the face at a Leonard Cohen concert and brief detention by counter-terrorism experts.

Taking us from Nimbin to US border security to the star-studded Chateau Marmont in LA, these four essays are compelling, insightful and very funny. Mistakes Were Made is about the gap between our ideals in life – of love, compassion, ambition – and how things actually play out.

'His writing is electric: charged with meaning and energised by surprising comedic turns.' Weekend Australian

'Charming and amusing.' Sunday Age

'The ability to laugh at yourself is arguably the most valuable quality you can cultivate as a writer, and Liam Pieper has it in spades . . . he does hilarious self-deprecation with considerable panache.' Sydney Morning Herald

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143573128

    March 16, 2015

    Penguin

    80 pages

    RRP $9.99

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  • EBook

    9781760141165

    March 16, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

    122 pages

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