Crooks, Chooks and Bloody Ratbags (Ratbag Paperback Edition #1)

Author(s): Kerry Cue

Second Hand Biography

The small country town of Kyneton in Victoria, Australia was slumbering peacefully on the day that Sergeant Meehan and his family drove into town, but their arrival heralded an outbreak of devastation that makes for hilarious reading.

Mrs Meehan inadvertently throwing live ammunition into a wood stove, the Sergeant attempting to execute magpies, and the boys getting into bulk strife with Shanghais, ferrets and rabbits are just some of the incidents related in this rib-tickling book.

You will read of the consternation of the Kynetonites who couldn't work out whether the Sergeant had come to keep the peace or to disturb it!

Few of the locals were left unscathed, and those who were, could read about the Meehan mayhem in the Kyneton Gaurdian now you can read it too.



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  • "The characters in Crooks, Chooks & Raybags are as mad as a meat axe, as rough, as guts, and as all-Australian as a Marsupial Mallee Root" - Down Under Digest
  • "A truly Australian book that will leave its mark on you like a Vegemite Salada slithering down your shirt front" - The Australian Gourmet Globe
  • "An expose of family life that will send many an Aussie mum racing to the bathroom cabinet." - The Valium Daily 
  • "Suspense, terror, scalp-crawling fear... and that's just getting us he kids out of bed." - The Early Mourning Turmoil 

She might have been the only woman on her science and engineering course at Melbourne University in the early 1970s but Kerry Cue doesn’t consider herself a ground breaker.

“I was aware that women weren’t given the same opportunities (as men). I started teaching in 1973 and equal pay for women wasn’t ratified in all jobs until the following year,” she recalled. “But then the hurdles started falling and I didn’t have to push too hard to make it through, really.”

Cue taught maths and science in secondary schools in Melbourne’s northeastern suburbs for “10 demanding years” before opting for a career change to become a humorous writer.

Her first book, Crooks, Chooks and Bloody Ratbags, detailed her childhood living in the police station in Kyneton, where her father was the police sergeant.

“When I was at uni, I’d come back from a weekend in Kyneton and say to my fellow students, ‘You’ll never guess what happened this time’ and they would be roaring with laughter. So, I eventually decided to put some of those stories down in a book,” she said.

She’s since published 20 books, including I Left My Heart in Chinkapook and my Knickers in New York and Born to Whinge, described as an “unreliable guide to parenting”.

The now 67-year-old, who lives in Ivanhoe with husband Don, also wrote a column for major Australian newspapers, including the Herald Sun, for many years.

Her latest book, co-authored with psychologist and writer Doris Brett, is The Sunday Story Club (Macmillan, $32.99), a collection of powerful real-life stories that came out of the monthly “salon” they run together.

“(Doris and I) just decided we were sick of small talk. We thought there had to be more to life than talking about the football and the weather. So, we started a salon and the stories have been amazing,” Cue said.

For the past decade, she’s also written a popular maths blog, Mathspig, which aims to make maths fun and relevant.

Its success led to Cue being asked to speak at the International Congress on Mathematical Education, in Hamburg, in 2016. “I was the only comic maths blogger there. It was hilarious,” she said.

General Fields

  • : 9780140114188
  • : Penguin Group Australia
  • : Viking
  • : August 1988
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  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kerry Cue
  • : Paperback
  • : en
  • : 232