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The Good Son - Greg Fleet

Paperback Published: 3rd September 2018
ISBN: 9780143787716
Number Of Pages: 208

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A charming and uplifting novel about love, belonging and facing mortality, from one of Australia’s most loved and acclaimed comedians.

When James Rogers is ninety-three minutes late to farewell his mother on her deathbed, he’s riddled with guilt. To make up for that missed final conversation – and in the hopes of impressing beautiful nurse Sophie – he engages in some good-willed acts of deception: posing as the neglectful relatives of lonely old people in the Peggy Day Aged Cared Home. But when he meets Tamara, a frail and sick 76-year-old with a son she hasn’t seen in twelve years, who will really be deceiving who?

The Good Son is a story about people fulfilling each other’s needs, sometimes unexpectedly. It is about love and fear and relationships, and how we treat the elderly people in our lives. And it is about the difference between blood relatives and the families that we make by choice rather than by birth.

And, like all good stories, it involves a road trip.

About the Author

Greg Fleet is an actor, comedian, broadcaster and author. Born in Michigan, USA, his family moved to Victoria when he was aged four. He studied at Geelong Grammar School for twelve years and then attended NIDA for a year before being expelled.

His acting career began opposite Nicole Kidman in 1984 and he went on to star in Prisoner (as 'Delivery Man No 2'), Underbelly: Squizzy (as Richard Buckley – Australia's most violent prisoner), and Neighbours (his character killed the much-loved character Daphne), as well as treading the boards as Feste in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and developing a stand-up career that saw him acclaimed all over the world.

Both here and in the UK, his comedy across TV, film, radio and theatre, and the honesty with which he speaks about his long-term drug addiction, has made him one of the most respected, beloved and in-debt stand-up comics around.

Greg Fleet's hilarious and harrowing memoir, These Things Happen, was published in 2015 by Pan Macmillan.


I loved reading this book. Greg Fleet can really write.


I laughed out loud and shed a tear. What a wonderful journey.

Gold Coast


I loved this book


An unexpected story that I loved





Great storyline

Gold Coast


An uplifting tale That reminds us of our humanity


This book is heartwarming even though it starts with a funeral and ends with a suicide. The author takes us on a road trip with four unlikely characters that unwittingly provide the emotional needs of each other while discovering meaning in their own lives. A gentle story of the good that can be found in others. This is a must read!



The Good Son

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ISBN: 9780143787716
ISBN-10: 0143787713
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 3rd September 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.4  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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