The Land Before Avocado – Richard Glover

Narrated by Richard Glover

The new book from the best-selling author of Flesh Wounds. A funny and frank look at the way Australia used to be – and just how far we have come. 

There’s plenty of nostalgia right now for the Australia of the past, but what was it really like? In The Land Before Avocado, Richard Glover takes a journey to an almost unrecognisable Australia. It’s a vivid portrait of a quite peculiar land: a place that is scary and weird, dangerous and incomprehensible, and now and then surprisingly appealing. It’s the Australia of his childhood. The Australia of the late ’60s and early ’70s. 

Let’s break the news now: they didn’t have avocado. It’s a place of funny clothing and food that was appalling, but amusingly so. It is also the land of staggeringly awful attitudes – often enshrined in law – towards anybody who didn’t fit in. 

The Land Before Avocado will make you laugh and cry, feel angry and inspired. And leave you wondering how bizarre things were not so long ago. Most of all, it will make you realise just how far we’ve come – and how much further we can go.


How easy it is for me to sound like an old lady at 65 and go on a winge about the good old days. But no more! Richard, you have rocked my world. Out goes the complacency and in comes a truckload of gratitude and optimism. A wonderful look at Australia now and in the 70s. Well researched, extremely funny and full of memorable information. Loved it!