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  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864714920
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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Not Meeting Mr Right




"I am deadly, desirable and delicious"... is Alice's mantra as she hilariously negotiates her way throught the rocky terrain of singledom.

"I am deadly, desirable and delicious"... is Alice's mantra as she hilariously negotiates her way throught the rocky terrain of singledom.

Alice Aigner is successful, independent and a confirmed serial dater - but at her ten-year school reunion she has a sudden change of heart. Bored rigid by her married, mortgaged and motherly former classmates, Alice decides to prove that a woman can have it all: a man, marriage, career, kids and a mind of her own. She sets herself a goal: meet the perfect man and marry him before her thirtieth birthday, just under two years away. Together with her best friends Dannie, Liza and Peta, Alice draws up a ten-point plan. Then, with a little help from her mum, her dad, her brothers, her colleagues and her neighbour across the hall, she sets out to find Mr Right.

Unfortunately for Alice, it's not quite as easy as she imagines … Who could not fall in love with our Koori heroine as she dates (among others): Renan, whose career goal is to be the world's best moonwalker and male hula dancer; Tufu the commitment-phobic Samoan football player; scary Simon the one-night stand; and Paul - Mr Dreamboat, but perhaps too good to be true. All the while, Alice skilfully avoids dating Cliff, son of her mum's friend, a confirmed bachelor who isn't likely to settle down with a woman anytime soon.

  • Published: 1 May 2010
  • ISBN: 9781864714920
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Anita Heiss

Anita is a proud member of the Wiradyuri nation of central New South Wales and is one of Australia’s most well-known authors, publishing across genres including non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial fiction and children’s fiction.

Anita’s non-fiction works include Am I Black Enough for You?,Dhuuluu-Yala (To Talk Straight): Publishing Aboriginal Literature, and, as editor, Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia and The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, which she co-edited with Peter Minter.

Her adult fiction includes Not Meeting Mr Right, Avoiding Mr Right, Manhattan Dreaming, Paris Dreaming and Tiddas. Her novel Barbed Wire and Cherry Blossoms was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Prize, and was the University of Canberra 2020 Book of the Year. Bila Yarrudhanggalangdhuray was shortlisted for the 2021 HNSA ARA Historical Novel.

Anita’s children’s literature includes Who Am I? The Diary of Mary Talence, Sydney 1937, Our Race for Reconciliation, Harry’s Secret, Matty’s Comeback, and Kicking Goals with Goodesy and Magic, co-written with Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin. She also wrote two kid's novels with students from La Perouse Public School – Yirra and Her Deadly Dog, Demon and Demon Guards the School Yard.

Her memoir Am I Black Enough for You? was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and she was a finalist in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards (Local Hero).

As an advocate for Indigenous literacy, Anita has worked in remote communities as a role model and encouraging young Indigenous Australians to write their own stories. On an international level she has performed her work and lectured on Aboriginal literature at universities and conferences, consulates and embassies in the USA, Canada, the UK, Tahiti, Fiji, New Caledonia, Spain, Japan, Austria, Germany, China, India and New Zealand. Anita is a Lifetime Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and a proud Ambassador of Worawa Aboriginal College, the GO Foundation and the Sydney Swans.

Anita is a Professor of Communications at the University of Queensland and is on the board of the National Justice Project, University of Queensland Press, Aboriginal Art Co and Circa Contemporary Theatre.

Anita loves chocolate, running and being a creative disruptor.

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Praise for Not Meeting Mr Right

* “Anita Heiss creates the genre of Koori chick lit in Not Meeting Mr Right” - Susan Wyndham ‘This Year’s Best Books’ in Sydney Morining Herald

*”There's lots of social commentary, hands-on sex, and brilliant satire here, heaps of black/white politics and revisionist history, and most impressive of all there's the most vivid, three-dimensional account ever written in any language of a truly serious hangover.”- Alex Miller

"Through its wit, charm and cheekiness, this novel is ... going to be dubbed the blackfella version of Bridget Jones? Diary, with one difference, this one comes with a spear." - Terri Janke, author Butterfly Song

"... An entertaining and often very funny, Bridget Jones-ish romp." - Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin

"Anita is Aboriginal Australia's answer to Whoopi Goldberg." - Jackie Huggins

"Great witty entertainment here, from a clever young Aussie author. More please." - Woman's Day

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