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  • Published: 10 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761620072
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 0 hr 57 min
  • Narrator: Tim Minchin
  • RRP: $36.99

You Don’t Have to Have a Dream

Advice for the Incrementally Ambitious




Charlie Mackesy meets Kurt Vonnegut, in the first non-fiction book from Tim Minchin: a beautifully idiosyncratic celebration of life, art, success, kindness, love and thriving in a meaningless universe, drawn from three iconic graduation speeches.

‘Here’s my idea of romance: You will soon be dead. Life will sometimes seem long and tough and, God, it’s tiring. And you will sometimes be happy and sometimes sad. And then you’ll be old. And then you’ll be dead. There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence, and that is: fill it.’

Tim Minchin has a reputation for writing a good speech, and has been asked to do so on several occasions. Drawn from three of Tim’s most beloved university commencement addresses, You Don’t Have to Have a Dream offers his inimitable thoughts and advice on life, art, success, kindness, love, and thriving in a meaningless universe.

Featuring specially commissioned illustrations throughout, You Don’t Have to Have a Dream is a rallying cry for creativity and compassion in our daily lives, and how it’s never too late to put something beautiful out into the world.

  • Published: 10 September 2024
  • ISBN: 9781761620072
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 0 hr 57 min
  • Narrator: Tim Minchin
  • RRP: $36.99

About the author

Tim Minchin

Tim Minchin is an internationally-acclaimed songwriter, singer, pianist, comedian, actor and writer. In addition to his sell-out music and comedy tours, he is the composer of music and lyrics to Matilda the Musical and Groundhog Day, both of which won the Olivier Award for Best New Musical, and the co-creator of the award-winning TV comedy Upright. He is the author of three previous books: Storm, When I Grow Up, and Sometimes You Have to Be a Little Naughty. Tim lives with his family in Sydney, Australia.