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Lolly Scramble: A Memoir of Little Consequence
by Tony Martin
Comedian Tony Martin has strip-mined his often unremarkable life to tell sixteen small tales fraught with laughter and detail. Choosing to ignore his many dubious achievements in the world of Australian show business (Martin/Molloy, The Late Show, a short-lived but torrid affair with Sharon on Kath & Kim), New Zealand-born Martin instead recalls dozens of tiny life ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Pan Australia
(first published 2005)
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The problem with this book isn't Martin's writing style, which is aptly genius, especially when it comes to descriptions. It's not due to the length of stories, or the number. It's not due to the sarcasm meter being filled to the brim or the swearometer being smashed. It's just that Martin's stories are not very interesting and therefore not very funny. Although it's obvious strange things have happened to him and he's met some unusual people, he is purposefully avoiding talking about his life w ...more
Sep 06, 2008 Yrinsyde rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Autobiography fans, and those interested in Australia's comedy
I laughed so much reading martin's autobiography!! His stories of growing up in New Zealand reminded me so much of my own childhood (although I grew up in Melbourne AU). 'Badmin Admin' .... I fell about!! Oh gosh. For anyone who is a fan of Degeneration and/or Mick Molloy's and Martin's comic films, this is a must read.
Dr. Tony Martin is Emeritus Professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, where he taught from 1973 to 2007. Prior to coming to Wellesley, he taught at the University of Michigan-Flint, the Cipriani Labour College (Trinidad), and St. Mary's College (Trinidad). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, Brown University, and The Colora ...moreMore about Tony Martin...