F: Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover #audiobook #atozchallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted. My theme for 2023 is Book Reviews.

You can read my reviews without worrying about spoilers. My reviews are quite brief and I give away nothing more than you would read on the back cover or on Goodreads.

#audiobook narrated by Richard Glover



“Richard Glover’s favourite dinner party game is called ‘Who’s Got the Weirdest Parents?’. It’s a game he always thinks he’ll win. There was his mother, a deluded snob, who made up large swathes of her past and who ran away with Richard’s English teacher, a Tolkien devotee, nudist and stuffed-toy collector. There was his father, a distant alcoholic, who ran through a gamut of wives, yachts and failed dreams. And there was Richard himself, a confused teenager, vulnerable to strange men, trying to find a family he could belong to. As he eventually accepted, the only way to make sense of the present was to go back to the past – but beware of what you might find there. Truth can leave wounds – even if they are only flesh wounds”. -goodreads

Published 2015. 305 pages


This book is primarily about Richard’s parents. We follow Richard from a small child to his teenage years, early adulthood and as a parent himself.

If, like me, you think that you probably have the strangest family out there, then this book is for you. By the time I finished reading this book, I realised that this family of Richards, were much stranger than mine, and I had never thought that possible.

Flesh Wounds is part family memoir and partly a look at life in Australia in the 1970s. I really enjoyed reading about the 70s, as many memories came back to me. Much of the story is both very funny and also very sad. Richard was so honest and vulnerable in his writing that at times, it made me squirm.

This audio book was narrated by the author, which I enjoyed. I usually enjoy a memoir that is read by the author, especially if they have a voice that is easy to listen to, as is Richard’s voice. Richard Glover is a presenter on ABC Radio.

Star Rating 

Please note that my star rating system isn’t at all based on literary merit, but is based on my enjoyment for the book.
For me a book that gets five stars, is a book that I really enjoyed, and found difficult to put down.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Unputdownable. Would definitely read again
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Fantastic read. Not to be missed.
⭐️⭐️⭐️Enjoyable read. Would recommend.
⭐️⭐️Wouldn’t read again
⭐️Don’t recommend this book again

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Next Phase In Fitness & Life
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14 thoughts on “F: Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover #audiobook #atozchallenge

  1. I only read Flesh Wounds recently as it was available as an eBook from the local library. I enjoyed his humour and was interested to see he had done some serious family research. He prattled on a bit too much for me so only gave it a 3 rating on Goodreads, With some careful editing I would have rated it more genrously.

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  2. I love memoir and may give this one a try, particularly if there is a genealogy bent as Jill mentions.


  3. This was both sad and funny Jen, I read it years ago and really enjoyed his story. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. You’re going great on your A-Z challenge!

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  4. Not sure if I’m up for this one, but have reserved it from the library and will see how I feel. We missed the 70s, being in PNG, so that will be interesting.


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