Bad Behaviour

Bad Behaviour

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by Liz Byrski, Marie-Louise Walker
     
 

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One mistake can change a life forever.

Zoë is living a conventional suburban life in Fremantle. She works, she gardens, and she loves her supportive husband Archie and their three children. But the arrival of a new woman into her son Daniel's life unsettles Zoë. Suddenly she is feeling angry and hurt, and is lashing out at those closest to her.

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One mistake can change a life forever.

Zoë is living a conventional suburban life in Fremantle. She works, she gardens, and she loves her supportive husband Archie and their three children. But the arrival of a new woman into her son Daniel's life unsettles Zoë. Suddenly she is feeling angry and hurt, and is lashing out at those closest to her.

In Sussex, England, Julia is feeling nostalgic as she nurses her best friend through the last painful stages of cancer. Her enthusiastic but dithering husband Tom is trying to convince Julia to slow down. Although she knows Tom means well, Julia cannot help but feel frustrated that he is pushing her into old age before she is ready. But she knows she is lucky to have him. She so nearly didn't.…

These two women's lives have been shaped by the decisions they made back in 1968—when they were young, idealistic, and naïve. In a world that was a whirl of politics and protest, consciousness raising and sexual liberation, Zoë and Julia were looking for love, truth, and their own happy endings. They soon discover that life is rarely that simple, as their bad behaviour leads them down paths that they can never turn back from.

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ISBN-13:
9781743169001
Publisher:
Bolinda Audio
Publication date:
05/28/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged

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Liz Byrski is a writer, a journalist, and a broadcaster with more than 40 years of experience. She is a lecturer at Curtin University of Technology and the author of five bestselling novels and several nonfiction books, including Bad Behavior; Food, Sex & Money; and Trip of a Lifetime.

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cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Bad Behaviour is the fifth novel by British-born Australian author, Liz Byrski. The story is told in three main narrative strands, and over two time periods, the late1960s and the current time, beginning in 1999. In Fremantle, Western Australia, a question from Zoe’s youngest daughter, Gaby causes her to reflect on her life in London in 1968. In Rye, England, Julia’s husband, Tom and her brother, Richard are working on a multi-media project focussing on 1968, causing her too, to think back to that turbulent period of their lives. And in Cottesloe, Western Australia, Justine reflects on the tumultuous changes that occurred in her life in 1968. How their lives interact, and their ultimate fates are what comprise this excellent novel.  Byrski uses her story to touch on the Stolen Generation, racism, Y2K, the connection of indigenous people to the land, forgiveness, ageism, mentors, discovering one’s talents, the importance of a sense of purpose and retirement. Byrski exposes her characters to racial discrimination, child abuse and rape, and terrorism. She involves them in Vietnam protests, demonstrations against Nuclear Weapons, the Women’s Movement, racially mixed marriages and some quite bad behaviour.  Along their journey in life, her characters are occasionally given some surprising insight and words of wisdom: “Losing those few people who knew you well in youth is not just painful, it’s strangely disturbing; as though your youthful self might cease to exist with the death of the last remaining witness” and “Knowing there are people who are worse off doesn’t make one’s own hurt any easier” and “It’s odd thinking of something you’ve lived through as history but, of course, it is” are just a few examples. Her plot is completely credible and her characters are familiar, the sorts of people one regularly encounters daily. Their dialogue is completely natural, overheard often in cafes, shops and around the family home.  This is a moving, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable novel and readers will look forward to Byrski’s next novel, Last Chance Cafe.