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  • Published: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760891275
  • Imprint: Penguin AU Audio Adult
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 8 hr 0 min
  • Narrator: Corey White
  • RRP: $35.00

The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

A memoir of trauma, evil and survival that will break your heart and then show you how to rebuild it, from one of Australia’s brightest young comedians.

Praise for Corey White’s stand-up:
‘Captivating’ Tom Gleeson
‘It’s a spiritually enriching show. Whitey has safer hands than Gilchrist circa 2003 … Strap in for this one, it’s a harrowing little number that leaves you in a good mood, quite a feat.’ Herald Sun
‘Corey White runs the full gamut of human existence in a well planned, carefully executed show with a consistent voice and thoughtful jokes that, at times, had me crying with laughter.’ Crikey
‘A ferocious talent. Pay attention.’ The Age
‘Wonderful … It’s a rare stand-up show that you emerge from feeling like a better person, and that you want other people to see so that they can be better people too. I can’t give any higher praise than that.’ The Guardian
‘He seems like an everyman you could happily have a beer with … A winner straight out of the gate, a show with depth and insight.’ Courier-Mail

  • Pub date: 16 July 2019
  • ISBN: 9781760891275
  • Imprint: Penguin AU Audio Adult
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 8 hr 0 min
  • Narrator: Corey White
  • RRP: $35.00

About the Author

Corey White

There are few voices in comedy as unique and potent as Corey White. In 2014, Corey performed his debut stand up show, The Cane Toad Effect – a staggeringly personal story of his experience growing up in foster care, surviving domestic violence, recovering from drug addiction and dealing with mental illness. He handled this material with a deftness and humour that far exceeded his experience, garnering critical praise and winning Best Show at the 2014 Sydney Fringe and Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Comedy Festival.
He was later profiled on ABC TV’s Australian Story, shining a light on his and his sister’s experience growing up in the foster care system and the path that took him all the way to the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe. In late 2016 he was selected to have his show recorded as part of the ABC Next Gen comedy series. In 2018, Corey White’s Roadmap to Paradise, a series created by Corey for the ABC, finally solved all the world’s problems while continuing to advocate for change for kids stuck in our dysfunctional foster care system. He is also very funny.

Praise for The Prettiest Horse in the Glue Factory

“‘So beautifully written, so important, so absolutely unflinching as it gently takes you by the hand to show you exactly what the difference is between falling and flying.’”

Sarah Krasnostein

“‘Equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Corey’s story is one of the most powerful I have ever read.’”

Wil Anderson

“‘Look back in anger. Look around in acceptance. Look forward in love. Harrowing, and yet hopeful.’”

Tim Rogers

“‘There are so many reasons that I loved this book but one of them is that, while Corey’s story is extraordinary, his honesty will make it touch anyone with a heart (and that might be the corniest thing that I've ever written). Just read it.’”

Judith Lucy

“‘A breathtaking memoir that will leave you aching with laughter and sorrow in equal measure. Corey has written a new, essential Australian classic, about the kind of life we don't realise many Aussie kids are surviving behind closed doors. What a spectacular talent. I felt this book in my bones for days.’”

Rosie Waterland

“Melbourne comedian Corey White's memoir is as compelling as it is brutal. Full of heartbreak with veins of hope and humour, this unflinching roller coaster won't leave you in a hurry.”

Megan Miller, Herald Sun

“‘This memoir is very funny, impossibly sad, and ultimately hopeful. White’s story is a damning indictment of drug law, clinical care and, most importantly, of the foster care system, which is portrayed as a breeding ground for professional incompetence, systemic corruption and abuse. The anger and bitterness that drive the early pages are well earned, as is the emotional conclusion of this profoundly moving, harrowing, but hilarious book. This is a story that advocates for a better system, and one that all Australians would do well to read.’”

Liam Pieper, The Weekend Australian

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