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The long awaited autobiography of one of Australia's best loved actors. ‘Your job is to go out there, grab the audience by the balls, and drag them up on stage with you!’ I was flabbergasted. This I understood. A language that I spoke – had spoken most of my life. It was the best acting note I ever got. John Wood grew up in working-class Melbourne; when he failed out of high The long awaited autobiography of one of Australia's best loved actors. ‘Your job is to go out there, grab the audience by the balls, and drag them up on stage with you!’ I was flabbergasted. This I understood. A language that I spoke – had spoken most of my life. It was the best acting note I ever got. John Wood grew up in working-class Melbourne; when he failed out of high school, an employment officer told him, ‘You have the mind of an artist and the body of a labourer.’ And so John continued to pursue his acting dreams in amateur theatre, sustaining himself by working jobs as a bricklayer, a railway clerk and even in the same abattoir as his father. When he won a scholarship to NIDA, in Sydney, it moved John into a new and at times baffling world, full of extraordinary characters. It was the start of a decades-long acting career, most famously on shows such as Rafferty’s Rules and Blue Heelers, where his charm made him beloved in households across the country. His popularity was such that he was nominated for a Gold Logie nine times in a row, finally culminating in a win in 2006. How I Clawed My Way to the Middle is a beguiling memoir from one of Australia’s most cherished actors on both stage and screen. Full of humility, warmth and humour, it tells of the ephemeral nature of theatre, the luminous personalities John encountered along the way, and the perilous reality of life as a professional actor in Australia.


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The long awaited autobiography of one of Australia's best loved actors. ‘Your job is to go out there, grab the audience by the balls, and drag them up on stage with you!’ I was flabbergasted. This I understood. A language that I spoke – had spoken most of my life. It was the best acting note I ever got. John Wood grew up in working-class Melbourne; when he failed out of high The long awaited autobiography of one of Australia's best loved actors. ‘Your job is to go out there, grab the audience by the balls, and drag them up on stage with you!’ I was flabbergasted. This I understood. A language that I spoke – had spoken most of my life. It was the best acting note I ever got. John Wood grew up in working-class Melbourne; when he failed out of high school, an employment officer told him, ‘You have the mind of an artist and the body of a labourer.’ And so John continued to pursue his acting dreams in amateur theatre, sustaining himself by working jobs as a bricklayer, a railway clerk and even in the same abattoir as his father. When he won a scholarship to NIDA, in Sydney, it moved John into a new and at times baffling world, full of extraordinary characters. It was the start of a decades-long acting career, most famously on shows such as Rafferty’s Rules and Blue Heelers, where his charm made him beloved in households across the country. His popularity was such that he was nominated for a Gold Logie nine times in a row, finally culminating in a win in 2006. How I Clawed My Way to the Middle is a beguiling memoir from one of Australia’s most cherished actors on both stage and screen. Full of humility, warmth and humour, it tells of the ephemeral nature of theatre, the luminous personalities John encountered along the way, and the perilous reality of life as a professional actor in Australia.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Krishna Chandak

    DAY 1 WITHOUT KINDLE- HI! Hope everyone is happy! It doesn't make me feel good that you guys are sad about people leaving and all, but i will try to come back soon! oof, divyansh I want your books to release! Because i have no good company! Anyway, i have to say i am doing good. Listening to songs, reading stupid, awesome, cringy books......is what i call a day! hope u are happy! Krishna!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Annie Booker

    A really wonderful, thoroughly enjoyable and readable autobiography by well-known and popular Australian actor John Wood. I loved the insights he gives into his theatrical career as well as his more well known roles in shows like Rafferty's Rules and Blue Heelers. There are many reasons why John Wood is so beloved and this book gives us one more reason to appreciate him.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Zoezoo05

    Throughly enjoyed it well worth the read .

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leticia Supple

    I reviewed this title for The Australian Arts Review. Read it at: http://artsreview.com.au/review-john-... I reviewed this title for The Australian Arts Review. Read it at: http://artsreview.com.au/review-john-...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dennis Rutzou

    Not the greatest book I have ever red, but interesting. I am only vaguely aware of John Wood the actor and chose to read his book as he went to NIDA and I have a friend who also went there so I was curious about the experience. I will reserve this one fort the 'Blue Healer' addicts.

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