Author(s): Justin Heazlewood
It's 1992 in Burnie, Tasmania. Twelve-year-old Justin Heazlewood just wants to be a normal boy with a normal family. He's excited to finish primary school, listen to Rage with his friends over the holidays and play Yahtzee with Nan and Pop; but he lives alone with his mum and she is crying uncontrollably and won't get out of bed. With High School on the horizon, Justin feels the need to grow up fast. He must learn to navigate new friends, girls and spirituality, all the while trying to deal with his mum's schizophrenia. Told with a youthful exuberance, GET UP MUM is a wildly endearing, entertaining and incredibly powerful memoir about love, family, mental illness and growing up.
Justin Heazlewood is an award-winning writer, musician and comic. As the Bedroom Philosopher he has released three albums including the ARIA-nominated Songs from the 86 Tram, including the Triple J hit 'Northcote (So Hungover)', the video for which scored nearly a million hits on YouTube. He was a senior writer for frankie for five years. His first book Funemployed was published in 2014.