Comedian Tim ‘Rosso’ Ross has drawn inspiration from his acclaimed ABC television series Streets Of Your Town with a selection of short stories from the suburbs for his latest project The Rumpus Room.
From the beachside holiday house to the backyard pool and the rumpus room, the architecture of the suburbs forms the backdrop to a uniquely Australian way of life. Tim roams through these familiar places to paint a picture of Australian domesticity and its relationship to the Australian psyche in all its funny, nostalgic, ironic and often acutely cringe-worthy glory.
The Rumpus Room is a heavily pictorial book and Rosso describes it as “a coffee table book for people who don’t have particularly good coffee tables”.
“I wanted the book to physically have a sense of nostalgia to match these stories that are a mixture of memoir and fiction,” he said.
“I was rolling around with the concepts of the suburbs for a couple of years making Streets of Your Town and these stories reflect a more personal side to where we live. Travelling for the series and for my Man About the House tour was incredibly inspiring for me and this is represented in this book.”
Tim has written extensively for magazines including regular columns in The Sydney Magazine (Sydney Morning Herald), Men’s Style and currently for Real Living and has also written on architecture for The Saturday Paper, Habitus Magazine, The Smith Journal and The Guardian.