In Ned Jelli's family, journalism and siren-chasing in the news pit of Sydney is in the genes. And everyone knows, you can't escape your genes, or your family. At 39, Ned's life has come full circle and he finds himself back in the news empire where he started his career at 19. And for a lost boy like Ned, where 20 years have been spent eddying around the same small course of Bondi, babes, and booze, this is the final sign he's going nowhere fast.
Held back by his own fear and loathing, and searching for the perfect woman to fill the black hole where his heart should be, Ned continues the fatal and often fatally funny trajectory he began in The Lost Boys.
Set among the newsrooms of Sydney, Hello Darkness is a sharp, demonic expose of the world of journalism from an insider, exploring the cost of being less than you hoped you would, and wishing for what is beyond your reach.
Here is all the advice you don't want to hear from your parents, and if you're a parent, you don't want to have to tell your kids. Stuff such as:
- Why you should think twice about a threesome- Who gets rid of the condom after sex- How to avoid an attack (and how to fight back)- Why you should never eat nuts in a public bar- How to play safe with party drugs
Following the runaway success of his first book, No Tattoos Before You're Thirty, Sam de Brito deals with all those tricky issues to do with sex, love, drugs, friends, violence and family, and shows you how to become a functioning adult without losing your cool.
Visit Sam's blog, All Men are Liars at theage.com.au
You're a great bloke, right? So why can't you get a date? You're smart and okay-looking, but you're too shy to talk to the women you like and if you do, they never seem that interested.
Sam de brito, author of the popular Sydney Morning Herald and The Age blog 'All Men Are Liars', is here to show you how to lift your game. Drawing on a lifetime of obsevation and the thousands of responses he gets from readers, Sam sets you straight on what attracts women and keeps them interested.
It turns out Mum was right - grooming and manners are important. But Sam goes where Mum won't - into the bedroom to look at a few scratchy issues like sexual performance, and into the darker corners of the male psyche to ponder the erosion of male confidence.
This is not another book about how to be a pick-up artist or a stud. Forget the lines, manipulations and routines - being a man and attracting women is about getting engaged with life, building your self-esteem, and being comfortable with who you are and how you look.
Sam's guarantee? Find your life and you'll find your love.
'You won't find a singsong entry in this book that says, 'Magic happens' or 'Climb a tree with a child.' There are no pictures of cuddly animals . . . It's the stuff I wish somebody, anybody, had told me twenty years ago.'
No tattoos before you're thirty is a collection of witty, modern truths aimed more towards the realities of everyday life than the value of eating your greens. It's fun, irreverent and crammed with insight into contemporary life.
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