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All over the world On the low road a yearning for true love mutates in the maelstrom of addiction and leads to an extraordinary downward spiral featuring faked and near deaths sharing houses and needles a six month romance with ice rock bottom and just maybe redemptionGreg Fleet weaves the most mesmeric of memoirs Part sweet poison part guilty pleasure from first gentle kiss to hate fuelled wrecking ball These things happe I kind of remember Greg Fleet from his days as a regular on Full Frontal and some of his stand up and I was uite surprised when I saw a recording of his show 13 Years in a Long Sleeved Shirt when he seemed to be very candid about his seemingly then past hard drug habitI wasn t really sure about reading his memoir I wanted to know what had finally got him the help he needed and I felt reading it from a comedian s perspective it would be easier reading than some memoirs about this topic although what made me want to chase it up was the Chat 10 Looks 3 Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb podcasts where they told the story of his fatherI m glad I read this it helped me to better understand the processes of drug addiction recovery and re addiction and brought me some empathy to people I know who have found themselves in a similar situation while reaffirming why distancing myself was the best protection at times However from a writing perspective I do wish he d maybe written it with someone perhaps some intervening chapters from his ex partner because sometimes with comedian memoirs I ve read they are better suited to writing stand up material than longer form writing which sometimes came across in Fleet s writing however its brutal honesty made it compelling At times he had chapters I felt were filler not really adding to the story but were just side jokes such as why Paul Kelly s recipe for gravy doesn t work and what it s like trying to write a book chapter stoned The reader was constantly reminded how annoying and hard it was for Fleet to sit down and deliver the book to a deadline which sometimes made me feel like I was imposing on someone who didn t really want to talk to me right now As it was I read this in bits because sometimes I just didn t have the energy to accommodate some parts especially when it was about how ridiculously easy it was for him to coast through the entertainment industry which not only funded but encouraged his addiction Naturally I felt frustrated by the circular narrative which was about his own life journey seeming to go in ever decreasing self sabotaging circles than the actual pacing of the memoir but I felt I was reading the narrative of someone who does have gratitude and self awareness but without a lot of the wishy washy Namaste man bun stuff that is hard to read with a straight face

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These Things Happen

Habit that has These Things eBook #232 delivered him comedy and tragedy in eual partsThese Things Happen is Fleet's hilarious heartbreaking account of the life or death battle for his soul On the high road a genius wit and prodigious work ethic takes him from NIDA and Neighbours to Shakespeare with the MTC and writing and performing award winning theatre around the country and on to acclaim and adoration on stand up stages I liked this mainly because I like Greg Fleet after seeing him do a stand up routine on TV years ago The routine was very funny but poignant as well The book which is mainly about his heroin addiction and his efforts to put that addiction behind him is not so funny Rather it is uite gruelling and has a slight confessional tone That said there are some funny stories and I bet I m not the only one who is now walking around singing pushed off pushed off or stabbed off to the I dream of Jeanie theme tune

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Junk·y jung'ken pl junk·ies Slang A narcotics addict especially one using heroin One who has an insatiable interest or devotionco·me·di·ank me'de n n Professional entertainer who tells jokes or performs other comic acts An actorwriter in comedy A person who amuses or tries to be amusing a clownFor years Greg Fleet has been one of Australia's most widely known and best loved comedians For the same period he's had a drug This book made me feel A lot This book made me feel a lot of things Most often it made me feel like laughing So I laughed Less freuently it made me feel an uncontrollable urge to shake my head in horror Never mind that I was in public I shook my head in horrorWhat I find most redeeming about Fleet s autobiography is that he never once tries to deflect or deny any responsibility for his actions Addiction may be the cause of his awful behaviour but he doesn t use it as an excuse Instead addiction becomes a lens to see the world through Having never been in a similar position I know it cannot understand the compulsions that led him to do many of the things that had me shaking my head in horror One scene that will probably never be exorcised from my memory involves a desperate Fleet and a wheelchair bound addict you ll know it when you get to itI learned some new swears from this book thanks Fleety including fucklamp fuck hole and cock ramp The man responsible for the second and third phrases is described as a creative linguist a hetero Oscar Wilde with prison tatts Fleet muses that If I could just get him to not kill me we could be great friendsFleet s love for and total humbleness at the love and support he has received in return from his long suffering friends and family runs hotly through the book like a forest fire climbing a mountain His total devotion for Sunday is soul melting Reading how he took advantage of people s kindness over and over is hard to bear To know that his famous show Ten Years in a Long Sleeved Shirt about finally being clean was performed totally strung out is saddening It s easy to read and think oh he was crying out for help but as he reiterates over and over an addict will never get clean until it is their choice to do so No amount of help was ever going to keep him off drugs so long as he wasn t ready to stop taking it A prime example is when he received an implant to negate the effects of shooting heroin for six months he and his partner went on a half year crystal meth binge insteadGreg Fleet you re a lucky fucking duck mate This book is compelling and rewardingMy sentiments echo those of Irvine Welsh who said about These Things Happen You really have to read it


10 thoughts on “These Things Happen

  1. says:

    This book has left me a little shell shocked if I'm being honest I've called books hard to put down before but the hardest moment to put this one down came right after I'd finished it I was there holding the book t

  2. says:

    This is a great read I'd say 'addictive' but I might seem like kind of a prickIt was hilarious and heartfelt I read it on a plane next to my boss and their were moments I had to stop because shedding a tear would have been looked down on I'm

  3. says:

    This book made me feel A lot This book made me feel a lot of things Most often it made me feel like laughing So I laughed Less freuently it made me feel an uncontrollable urge to shake my head in horror Never mind that I was in public I shook my head in horrorWhat I find most redeeming about Fleet's autobiography is that he never once tries t

  4. says:

    Final rating 355This book was funny and sad Fleet manages to blend the two seamlessly creating a well rounded recap of his life There were a lot of moments in which I felt the story dragged There were also some bits I felt were unnecessary pa

  5. says:

    There seems to be a growing misconception that being a semi famous ex junky gives you the right to publish a book

  6. says:

    I liked this mainly because I like Greg Fleet after seeing him do a stand up routine on TV years ago The routine was very funny but poignant as well The book which is mainly about his heroin addiction and his efforts to put that addiction behind him is not so funny Rather it is uite gruelling and has a slight confessional tone That said there are some funny stories and I bet I'm not the only one who is now walking around

  7. says:

    I can’t recall exactly which shows i have seen Greg Fleet perform on but i have watched him either perform standup or appear in Aust

  8. says:

    A very raw and honest memoir of an addicts life one that I’m sure was painfully confronting to say the least to put into words

  9. says:

    I kind of remember Greg Fleet from his days as a regular on Full Frontal and some of his stand up and I was uite surprised when I saw a recording of his show 13 Years in a Long Sleeved Shirt when he seemed to be

  10. says:

    These Things Happen reads as a collection of bite sized vignettes from the life of Greg Fleet Pulling thoughts scenes and stories from early childhood right up until the moment of writing Fleety tells a story of a life propelled by relationships comedy and most especially drugsAs a first hand account of a life of addict

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