The Mud House

The Mud House 1

How Four Friends Built a Place in the Australian Bush

by Richard Glover

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/01/2016

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One day, I'd like to build something bigger ... Like a house. We could just buy a block of land, you know, the four of us, and have a go.

It was just an idea. Then it started to take shape.

In this frank, funny and thought-provoking memoir, Richard Glover describes how he and his friend Philip and their partners built a house in the bush on weekends. It was a huge and exhausting undertaking... not least because they decided to use mudbricks.

'Imagine this - with mudbrick you have a building that is made out of the very earth it stands on ... there is another thing: the stuff is free. Once we buy the land we'll have no money left. this way we can get started as soon as we have the block.'

In the end it took three years simply to make the bricks. As for the house itself ...

But the process gave Richard the opportunity to examine things he had never quite reconciled to himself - big things like what it means to be a man, the nature of male relationships, fatherhood - and to challenge himself in the kind of blokey environment he had rejected.

Above all, the mud house proved that even if it 'wasn't the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel' there is nothing like the satisfaction of making something with your own hands.

About the Author

Richard Glover is the author of the recent bestseller Flesh Wounds, a comic romp about not having the family you ordered. His other books include In Bed With Jocasta, George Clooney's Haircut And Other Cries For Help and The Dag's Dictionary. He writes a weekly column for Fairfax newspapers and websites and presents the comedy program Thank God It's Friday on ABC Local Radio.

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Richard Glover

Richard Glover has written a number of bestselling books, including Flesh Wounds, The Mud House, In Bed with Jocasta, and George Clooney's Haircut and Other Cries for Help.

He writes a weekly column for the Sydney Morning Herald and presents the comedy program Thank God It's Friday on ABC Local Radio.

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  • Amusing & Charismatic

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    A funny and engaging memoir about Richard Glover's home building efforts and achievements. With his wry wit, amusing observations and a smattering of self-depreciation, The Mud Hose will have you laughing. It's inspirational enough to make me continue with my renovating projects of painting and replacing a lightbulb, whilst convincing me that I definitely don't have the sheer determination to hand dry bricks and construct such an impressive home. A great little read!

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