With her latest book, the exuberant Kathy Lette comes down to earth, with a story that touches on some very personal territory. It is the story of Merlin, the autistic son of the narrator, whose husband cannot deal with the diagnosis and leaves them, and who herself finds the stress at times almost unendurable. The Boy Who Fell to Earth is a serious examination of the pressures on both mother and child as a result of his condition as well a hilarious story of a single mother coping with unsuitable suitors and everything else that life throws, Lette-style, at her. Kathy Lette talks to Jean Kittson.
Jean Kittson (Australian)
Jean Kittson is one of Australia's best-known and most popular comedians. She came to national attention on The Big Gig, followed by appearances on a number of high-profile television programs. More recently she was a judge on Strictly Speaking and a guest on Talking ‘Bout Your Generation. Jean is a regular guest on 702 ABC Sydney and has been a regular columnist with New Weekly, Sunday Telegraph, the SMH Sydney Magazine, Inspire Magazine and the Readers Digest Health Smart magazine. She is the author of Tongue Lashing.
Kathy Lette (International)
Kathy Lette first achieved succès de scandale as a teenager with the novel Puberty Blues. After several years as a newspaper columnist and television sitcom writer in America and Australia, she wrote 10 international bestsellers including Foetal Attraction, Mad Cows and How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints). Her novels have been published in 14 languages. She lives in London with her husband and two children. kathylette.com