One Hundred Years of Dirt

Rick Morton
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One Hundred Years of Dirt

Rick Morton
Social mobility is not a train you get to board after you've scraped together enough for the ticket. You have to build the whole bloody engine, with nothing but a spoon and hand-me-down psychological distress.
Violence, treachery and cruelty run through the generational veins of Rick Morton's family. A horrific accident thrusts his mother and siblings into a world impossible for them to navigate, a life of poverty and drug addiction

One Hundred Years of Dirt is an unflinching memoir in which the mother is a hero who is never rewarded. It is a meditation on the anger, fear of others and an obsession with real and imagined borders. Yet it is also a testimony to the strength of familial love and endurance.
Violence, treachery and cruelty run through the generational veins of Rick Morton's family. A horrific accident thrusts his mother and siblings into a world impossible for them to navigate, a life of poverty and drug addiction

One Hundred Years of Dirt is an unflinching memoir in which the mother is a hero who is never rewarded. It is a meditation on the anger, fear of others and an obsession with real and imagined borders. Yet it is also a testimony to the strength of familial love and endurance.

One Hundred Years of Dirt had me spellbound from the get-go. Morton is a crack storyteller and his words and stories are infused with genuine compassion. It's a magnificent book, the clarity of it is inspiring.”
Christos Tsiolkas

I think this book should be read by every Australian.”
Stephen Romei, The Australian Literary Editor

Buy it. Read it. It is a memoir and a collection of essays, but much more than that. It is both broadly and deeply political without a syllable of lazy thinking or labelling. An overdue reminder that class remains a defining component of identity. Funny and tragic, often in the same sentence. And perhaps most important of all, written with a clarity and beauty that leaves me breathless.”
Associate Professor Margaret Simons, Monash University

From the Birdsville Roadhouse to the Higgs Field, with an emotional rollercoaster in between, this is a brutally raw, beautifully written, remarkably brave memoir. ”
Simon Crerar, Buzzfeed Australia

[Rick] writes really brilliantly and bravely. He’s a very talented person and [One Hundred Years of Dirt] is a really impressive piece of work.”
Leigh Sales

This is a story as desolate and damaged as the land it begins on, but Morton brings it to life with compassion and transparency.”
Kill Your Darlings

Incredible. I laughed and cried and punched the air often and all at once. The story explains your brilliant insight into how poverty, class & trauma shape lives and how blind we are to their power. ”
Sarah MacDonald, ABC Radio

Rick Morton

Rick Morton

Rick Morton is an award-winning journalist and social affairs writer for The Australian.

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