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Kitty Flanagan

19 January 2019

9:00 AM

19 January 2019

9:00 AM

She’s bright and very funny. Kitty Flanagan was born and educated in Sydney. She is described as a stand-up comedian; too bald a description of someone who is an accomplished character actor and writer. Last year she published a collection of autobiographical stories: Bridge Burning and Other Hobbies. Now Kitty Flanagan is about to publish another book which might be needed by everyone: 488 Rules for Life  An Antidote to Stupidity. She says this is volume one of a ten volume set. Flanagan was inspired to write this book after finding Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life to be pathetically inadequate when it wasn’t being incomprehensible. After all, Peterson is a Canadian.

Most recently, Kitty Flanagan has appeared regularly on ABC Television in The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. Sadly, during the final episode for 2018, she announced her departure from the show but she will emerge somewhere else. Her appearances on various television series include Full Frontal, The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention? and Utopia. She is admired in the UK for her appearances on The Sketch Show and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

She may be really on to something with her book of rules. The rate at which Australian parliaments keep writing new legislation suggests that people really love rules and can’t get enough of them. Speaking of 488 Rules for Life, Kitty describes it as ‘a book for anyone who believes good manners and common sense are the way forward’.

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