Flesh Wounds – Richard Glover

Narrated by Richard Glover

A mother who invented her past, a father who was often absent, a son who wondered if this could really be his family…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. 

Part poignant family memoir, part rollicking venture into a 1970s Australia, this is a book for anyone who’s wondered if their family is the oddest one on the planet. The answer: no. There is always something stranger out there.


Richard, what a story you had to tell, I laughed cried and at times reflected on my own up bringing. Loved listening look forward to purchasing more of your writings.
Lisa x