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Beloved ABC journalist Paul Kennedy’s astonishing memoir on adolescent masculinity and misadventure, Funkytown, hits bookstores this week and we think you’re really going to love it! So if you haven’t read any of it yet, now’s the perfect time to start.


It is 1993: a serial killer is loose on the streets of Frankston, Victoria. The community is paralysed by fear and a state’s police force and national media come to find a killer. Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Paul Kennedy is searching for something else entirely. He is focused on finishing school, getting drafted into the AFL and falling in love. So much can change in a year.

The rites of passage for many Australian teenage boys – blackout drinking, simmering violence and emotional suppression – take their toll, and the year that starts with so much promise ends with Kennedy expelled, arrested and undrafted. But one teacher sees Kennedy self-destructing and becomes determined to set him on another path.

Told with poignancy and humour, and evoking the brilliant, dusty haze of late Australian summer, Funkytown is a love letter to adolescence, football, family and outer suburbia.

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A premium media campaign working all of Paul’s media connections is on its way:

  • ABC TV’s News Breakfast
  • Spectrum Lunch with
  • ABC Radio National and Conversations
  • ABC Melbourne Mornings with Virginia Trioli
  • FIVEAA’s Convos with Cornesy
  • Review in The Canberra Times and Readings Monthly
  • SEN Drive interview


About Paul Kennedy

Paul Kennedy is an ABC television presenter with twenty-five years’ journalistic experience. He is the author of four previous books, including Hell on the Way to Heaven (co-authored with Chrissie Foster), which helped Australian survivors of child sex abuse achieve the nation’s largest Royal Commission. Paul recently left his role as ABC News Breakfast’s beloved sports reporter to become the sports presenter across all ABC platforms, including 7.30. He lives in Seaford (near Funkytown) Victoria, with his wife and three sons.




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