Meet the author Joondalup: Legend Jimmy Barnes reveals much in Working Class Boy


Jimmy Barnes: the book has caused him some pain.
Jimmy Barnes: the book has caused him some pain.

AUSSIE rock icon Jimmy Barnes will be in Joondalup this weekend following the recent release of his book Working Class Boy.

The first of two instalments about his life story, the book reflects on a traumatic and violent childhood, which fuelled the excess and recklessness that would define, and almost destroy, the Australian music legend.

“The time I have spent writing this book has caused me a lot of pain,” he said.

“Sometimes because of what I have remembered about my childhood and sometimes because of what I couldn’t remember.

“It is funny how your mind blocks things out when those things can hurt you. There are a lot of things I wish I didn’t remember.”

In Conversation with Jimmy Barnes will be at Joondalup Resort from 6pm this Sunday.

Tickets are $12 with a capacity audience of 500 people.

The visit is part of the Meet the Author series, held by the City of Joondalup and Dymocks Joondalup, which will also feature Australian author Candice Fox the following evening. Fox will be at Joondalup Library from 6pm on Monday to speak about her latest work Never, Never.

Her first two books Hades and Ede have won many literary awards and she worked closely with international author James Patterson on Never, Never – a chilling thriller set in the vast Australian outback.

Tickets are $4.

The author series will also feature Jodi Picoult at Sacred Heart College’s performing arts centre in Sorrento on November 17.

Copies of the authors’ books will be available to buy and have signed at each session.

Bookings at www.joondalup.wa.gov.au.