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28 September 2021
RRP: $32.99
ISBN: 9781922419828
Paperback,  320pages
234 x 153 mm

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by Paul Kennedy

It is 1993: a serial killer is loose on the streets of Frankston, Victoria. The community is paralysed by fear, and a state’s police force and national media come to find a killer. Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Paul Kennedy is searching for something else entirely. He is focused on finishing school, getting drafted into the AFL and falling in love. So much can change in a year.

The rites of passage for many Australian teenage boys – blackout drinking, simmering violence and emotional suppression – take their toll, and the year that starts with so much promise ends with Kennedy expelled, arrested and undrafted. But one teacher sees Kennedy self-destructing, and becomes determined to set him on another path.

Told with poignancy and humour, and evoking the brilliant, dusty haze of late Australian summer, Funkytown is a love letter to adolescence, football, family and outer suburbia.

PRAISE for Funkytown

‘A sensitive and literate book which describes a lot of suburban childhoods while also delving deep into the heart of a man trying to find his place in the world. The heartrending epilogue is a fitting end to a memorable memoir.’ Readings

‘Vividly captures a sense of time and place … Ultimately, it is a welcome story about the ongoing significance of community.’ InReview

‘If you’ve read Boy Swallows Universe or Jasper Jones and liked the feel of those books, I think you need to read it, because it’s a lovely Australian story.’ Andy Maher, SEN Drive with Bob and Andy

‘Quite beautiful … a great reflection on masculinity, on making that transition into manhood, and on being brave.’ Virginia Trioli, ABC Melbourne Mornings

A brilliant story of a young boy told by a man who, in the end, found his way.Jimmy Barnes

‘Leaps into the joy and fear of coming of age…I love this book.’ Sofie Laguna

‘A moving and enlightening account of being seventeen and struggling. This is a great read.’ Paul Jennings

About the Author

Paul Kennedy is an ABC television presenter with twenty-five years’ journalistic experience.

His four previous books include Hell on the Way to Heaven (co-authored with Chrissie Foster), which helped Australian survivors of child sex abuse achieve the nation’s largest Royal Commission.

Paul is married with three sons and lives in Seaford, Victoria.