The Feel-Good Hit of the Year

Liam Pieper

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''Will break your heart and give you chuckles. What more do you want?'' John Safran''The most achingly funny, heartsplittingly tragic and brilliantly written book you''ll read this year.'' Benjamin LawLiam Pieper was raised by his bohemian parents to believe in freedom and creativity, and that there''s nothing wrong with smoking a little marijuana to make life more interesting.A fast learner, Liam combined hippie self-actualisation with gen Y entrepreneurialism. By his early teens he had a fledgling drug habit, and a thriving business selling pot around the suburbs of Melbourne from the back of his pushbike. He picked up important life skills, like how to befriend a deranged jujitsu master, how to impress his girlfriend''s mother by getting arrested in front of her, and how to negotiate pocket money based on how much he was charging his parents for an ounce.But from these highs (chemical, financial and otherwise), Liam''s life fell to dramatic lows. The muddled flower child became a petty criminal and an amoral coke monster. After a family tragedy and then his arrest on several counts of possession and trafficking, Liam had to consider: had it been a mistake to adopt the practices of a counterculture without any of its ethics?Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, addiction and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.''Liam Pieper is a truly gifted writer and storyteller. The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is often hilarious, at times heartbreaking and always a fascinating view into an unconventional but compelling life.'' Lally Katz''Made my skin clammy and heart palpitate like all good memoirs of a misspent youth should.'' Tim Rogers''I always knew Liam was talented and I''d always suspected he had a couple screws loose, and now I have proof of both. The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a brilliant piece of work.'' Anna Krien''To lead a deranged, tragic and funny life is one thing, but to make a book this unsentimentally beautiful out of it is nothing short of criminal. Read it before every other goddamn person does.'' Benjamin Law''Very funny and packed with inventive expressions . . . This reads like a wittier, Gen-Y answer to perennial sellers such as Howard Marks'' Mr Nice and James Frey''s A Million Little Pieces.'' Australian Bookseller+Publisher''This is a book to be devoured quickly and then reflected on slowly. It''s intimate, raw and occasionally heart-breaking. Pieper is a fiercely talented writer, and The Feel-Good Hit of the Year stands as one of the best Australian memoirs of the past few years.''''This carefully constructed memoir deftly touches on some of the most difficult subjects: addiction, shame, guilt and the bitter-sweet troubles of family relationships.This is a clever book executed by a skilful writer with a razor-sharp wit . . .Pieper''s book is crazy good. He had me hooked from the first page to the last.'' Krissy Kneen''This book is so good that it makes reading other books less enjoyable.Boy, can he write.'' Angie Hart''Pieper is a sharp, smart and classy writer.'' Saturday Paper''A revelatory memoir told with great poise.''Men''s Style''It will make you laughout loud, and cry, as Piepertalks about his crazy life.You''ll be amazed in so manyways. Lucky your chair is socomfy as you won''t want toleave it until you''re finishedthe book.''Sunday Canberra Times''Compelling, funny and heart-rending.''Herald Sun''Like all memoirs worth reading,Pieper''s beautifully uncomplicated writingleaves you feeling nostalgic for a time andplace you never even experienced.''Elle''A fast-paced, funny memoir about hitting rock bottom.''GQ''My heart sinks a bit when a free book is handed to me. I wonder: when the f*** am I going to read this? And I started that night and read next day without stop until it was done. Congratulations. You write very tenderly about people - tough but tender.I laughed so much at poor Mrs Lubow caught up in the raid - hell in life but a comic masterpiece in the telling - that those round me on the plane back to Sydney wanted to know what in God''s name I was reading. Maybe I made a couple of sales. It''s terrific. I''m pressing it on all my friends.'' David Marr

ISBN: 9780670077557
Publication Date: 15-May-2014
Publisher: Penguin Random House