Introduced by John Clarke's daughter Lorin, Tinkering is the collected musings of the man acclaimed as 'the greatest satirist in the English language'.
John Clarke was born in New Zealand in 1948. He was and remains one of Australia's best known and most loved faces on TV. A comedian, writer and actor, his appearances included the famous Fred Dagg character, The Gillies Report and The Games. John's books include The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse, A Dagg at My Table, The Howard Miracle, The 7.56 Report and A Pleasure to be Here, The Best of Clarke and Dawe (2017). His only novel, The Tournament, was published in the UK and the US to great critical acclaim and will be republished in the Text Classics in November. He died in April 2017.
`Tinkering is packed with puzzles and propositions, with
tea-fuelled musings on everything from plumbing to Paul Holmes. A
* North & South NZ *
`This book comes with some magnificent pictures of Clarke's beloved birds and they seem to have represented the magic of the reality of the world to him. There is plenty of that magic in this book and everyone who liked John Clarke should buy it and find in it what will soothe their spirit. It will be there.'
`The late John Clarke, aka Fred Dagg, really was a satirical one-off ... Tinkering is packed with puzzles and propositions, with tea-fuelled musings on everything from plumbing to Paul Holmes. A gem.'
-- North & South
`...Assessment of his The Games co-writer Ross Stevenson that Clarke was "the great satirist in the English language" is probably pretty close to the mark.' * Otago Daily Times *