Kerry Cue is a humourist, mathematician, journalist and author.
She is the author of over 22 humorous and educational books. Her satirical novel about US Gun Culture, TARGET 91, Penmore Press Tucson, Arizona) was published in 2019. The Sunday Story Club (PanMacmillan), a collection of non-fiction stories cowritten with Doris Brett, was also published in 2019.
You’ll find TARGET 91 onAMAZONUSA, UKand inAUS.
AlsoKOBO, SMASHWORDSandBarnes&Noble NOOKandApple iBook.
Kerry is also the maths blogger, Mathspig. She has written columns for every major newspaper in Australia. Following the popularity of her humorous maths blog – over 1.5M hits – she spoke at the International Congress of Mathematical Education in Hamburg in 2016.
Kerry Cue studied Science/Engineering at Melbourne University and taught maths and science for 10 demanding years before becoming a best selling author of 22 humorous and education books including Life On a G-String, Australia Unbuttoned, I Left My Heart in Chinkapook and my knickers in New York.
Kerry Cue’s latest book is MeLand: 10 ways Self-Obsession Makes You Stupid
Kindle edition: Amazon
You can see cliche-busting at work on Kerry’s maths blog, Mathspig. It is written for Maths teachers to show them how to make maths fun:
If you ask the right questions students will want to know or better still they will want to work out the answers.
What are the 10 Worst Maths Disasters in the World?
How Maths Solves a Real Murder.
……………………………………………………..Killer Heels Maths.
Kerry Cue also runs a humorous blog on all things FAKE called Faking Hell.
Dear Kerry, I am not very computer savvy but would like to comment on your page each week in the Illawarra Mercury- the only thing I look forward to is Saturdays inside page of the Weekender. Thank you for a good laugh and an insight into so many subjects- I always seem to agree with you. All the best from Pam T.
Hello Pam, Great to hear from you. You are a treasure. Truly. You read newspapers! There should be more of you. Cheers Kerry
Hi Kerry, It’s Lyn Donaldson – nee Rawlings. So long since we were kids in Kyneton. I’m keen to publish a book “The dog in the Freezer” would be the title.. its a bit of a life’s journey from Kyneton to now!! XXX Lyn
ongoing as it is with 4 kids.. 9 grandkids…. left my husband 3 time and married him twice.. a long story but worth a chance in print!!! Would like to call my potential story ” The do in the deep freeze”
I’ve sent you an e-mail. Cheers KC
We loved your book ‘Crooks, chooks and bloody Ratbags’. Is there somewhere in victoria we can get a copy?
Regards, Robert and Margaret Edwards
Hello Robert and Margaret,
How wonderful to hear from you both. Crooks and Chooks was published over … Shock Horror! … 30 years ago. It stayed in print for more than 10 years, but , alas, is now out of print. So you have to buy copies through 2nd hand bookshops. Not Amazon as someone emailed me to ask why it was $111 on Amazon. I’d go into business but I only have one copy. This will make you laugh. After 30 years even the Kyneton Library had to retire the book. They didn’t want to throw it in a dumpster. My sister rang with great excitement. ‘Guess what?’ she asked. ‘You’re in the local museum.’ So there I am with rusting sheep shears and old dray wheels. Ha! Good luck.
PS: This is my latest blog I’m running with others.
The article of 24 April 1998 that you wrote about your great uncle who battled bureaucracy and then went off to war in 1916 to battle Germans and was killed, remains framed in my office.
We shall reflect at this time. God Bless.
Terrific to hear from you. And, for goodness, sake, rather awesome too. At one time in Australia, everyone felt the impact of WWI. Husbands, lovers, brothers, sons, uncles, cousins, workmates and neighbours were killed. Now, of course, those lost appear on the family tree as grandfathers, great uncles and 2nd cousins 3 times removed. Yet their loss is still personal. That formal photograph of a young man heading to war has been treasured and handed down the generations. I think James Valentine in The Australian captured something of the mood of the 100th anniversary of ANZAC DAY. The BIG celebrations seem to swamp the smaller link, the personal story. But I still have the treasured photograph of my Great Uncle Michael killed in WWI. The irony is, I do not have a photo of his little brother, my grandfather Joe, who was too young to go to war. That tells you something of the respect families held and hold for those who serve.
I’m very disappointed to find that your early books are out of print! After first reading Born to Whinge in 1995 (when I was 13 years old) I’m actually now pregnant, and wanted to buy a copy for a friend who is as well. However the $800 AUD price on AbeBooks doesn’t really appeal so much :).
I’m definitely holding on to my copy (and to Crooks, Chooks and all the rest).
Hi Kerry. Last week l buried my 94 year old mother who grew up in the macedon ranges. At her funeral we learnt that crooks chooks and bloody ratbags was her favourite book. I had never heard of it. I am desperately trying to acquire two copies. New or used doesnt matter and was wondering if you knew where l would be able to get them.
Hello Annette, I’m sorry to hear about your mother, but I know one thing. She must have had a wicked sense of humour!!! Chooks, Crooks and Bloody Ratbag stayed inprint for years, but is now out of print. I haven’t put it out in ebook form yet. The only way to get the book is second hand through any of the online stores. But I will try and get it online soonish. Thanks so much for your email. And I know you will be missing your mum. I still miss my mum. She died at 66 yrs. She would have been 90 this year! Take Care Kerry Cue
I was telling a colleague (Sue) at work today about my Dad (William ‘Bill’ Inglis) who was a Police Constable in Minyip in the Wimmera in the 1970’s. He moved there with my Mum and my five older brothers and three older sisters and stayed there until he passed away in his 80s. Sue immediately connected my experience with your book that she enjoyed. I regret to say I had only vaguely heard of ‘Crooks, Chooks and Bloody Ratbags’ but had never owned or read a copy. Realising today the parallels with my families experience (thanks to Sue – I was telling her about playing in the court house in our backyard and Mum cooking breakfast for anyone that happened to end up in the lock up, also in our backyard!). I’ve now bought my own copy on E-bay and a copy of the sequel too. Can’t wait to read them. Liking what I am reading about your newer books too, congratulations on what sounds like a wonderful writing career you’ve forged, love knowing that country Victoria has been a founding influence on someone as successful as yourself.
Hope you got my email.