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Books

Kerry Cue has written 20 humorous and thought provoking books.

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Kerry uses the Escape-the-Cliché-Thinking approach in her books. Thus Born to Whinge is an unreliable guide to parenting. With chapter titled ‘We’ll name him Hertzhog’ to ‘A neurotics guide to childrens’ birthday parties’ doctors have recommended the book to anxious parents to make them more relaxed about parenting. God help them!

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Kerry gave fashion a working over in Life on a G-String. Chapters included fashion tips for parents in ‘Oh Mum! You look like Priscilla Presley’s Poodle’ to ‘Fashion Advice for those about to be run over by a Bus.’

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In Australia Unbuttoned, Kerry uses humour to highlight how Aussie’s behave on important occasions. This book is a serous commentary on the Aussie way of life. We live in a casual social culture but sometimes we are layback to the point of being in a coma while at other times we don’t know what we are doing. Chapters include ‘May Old Aquaintence be half-tanked’ and ‘Extinguishing Old Flames (A guide)’

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I Left My Heart in Chinkapook and my Knickers in New York makes fun of our Aussie obsession with travel. If you think your passport photograph is a bitof a dog read on.  This is a story from theEvening Mail. Scotland:

‘interviewed after his release by Austrian Border Police, Mr John Louvet, an investigative journalist, agreed that he had been travelling thoughout Europe with a snap of his neighbour’s cocker spaniel, Chummy, as his passport photograph. A police spokesman said, ‘It was a very good likeness.’

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Kerry’s most recent book Forgotten Wisdom, is about losing and rediscovering the Art of Happiness. Kerry calls it her self-therapy book. In her 8 years of benign madness she lost the ability to laugh at life. Life isn’t linear and it’s not easy either but if, even in grim times, you can recognise the absurdity of life, then somehow it eases our struggles. Kerry gained an insight into clichéd thinking from this period. She was trying to turn herself into a cliché of the perfect mother, perfect author, perfect house and the perfect children. That didn’t work. That didn’t work. But once she could laugh about it… she could escape this suffocating cliché. You can follow her progress in this book.

Blogs

Mathspig

Mathspig is a Media Savvy maths blog. It is Mathspig’s objective to stick a snout in the media trough and sniff out the maths rubbish and to make maths fun.

Writing this blog led Kerry to an epiphany. Kerry had studied maths and taught maths for 10 years, but coming back to maths after a 25-year break she suddenly realised she’d been duped. She never solved a maths problem that gave her an answer she she wanted to know. She wanted to get the answer right. But it had no meaning. You just move onto the next problem.

So Mathspig has evolved into a blog that creates realistic problems for students to solve such as ‘Can you duck a bullet?’ Mathspig uses basic but elegant maths to make the problems accessible to all.

This is her newspaper experience at work. If you ask the right question students will want to know the answer but they have to work it out for themselves.

This is MOTIVATION. And it works.

Madusa 1Faking Hell

A humorous blog about all things FAKE.

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poppyPoempig

Why is poetry dead? What have poets done to send readers running screaming away from the poetry section in bookshops? Why are readers scared half to death by poets and would rather have their teeth removed than listen to a poetry reading? Kerry has some break-the-cliché answers and is currently working on shifting perceptions with humour.

Meanwhile she has collected some good and readable poetry (with permission) on this blog.

4 thoughts on “Books & Blogs

  1. Dear Kerry
    I have only just now finished reading your soulful masterpiece, Forgotten Wisdom for the third time. Your book is a most treasured item, comforting food for the soul. Having happily turned 50 last week (after many years transitioning to a much happier me) some chapters resonated stronger than ever. Your words were inspiring and often brought much needed clarity which has helped me in my journey. Thank you.
    Catherine xx

    • Hello Catherine,

      I was thrilled to read your comment. Forgotten Wisdom was written honestly and from the heart. I call it my Therapy Book. But to think it has helped one other person get some clarity on emotional turmoil .. I was looking for such clarity myself … makes the effort so worthwhile. Thank you so much for getting in touch. And I wish you much joy on the rest of your journey. Take Care. Kerry

  2. Hi Kerry,
    I am reading your latest book MeLand, and I think it is the funniest, scariest and wisest thing I have read in years! You articulated so well, the many things about our current meland crisis, that made me laugh-out-loud at the absurdity of it all! It will also leave an indelible effect about the way I think about keeping up with modern life! Thank you
    Kind Regards
    Danielle

    • Hello Danielle,

      Thanks so much for your thoughts. When you set out to write a ‘philosophical’ book, you hope that, firstly, someone somewhere reads it and, secondly, that it has a positive impact on their life. Needless to say, I lerv praise. More importantly, however, your comments suggest that MeLand gave you something to think about and that for me is pure gold. Thanks so much for taking the time to get in touch.

      Take Care
      Kerry Cue

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