|Steve Bisley and Mel Gibson in Mad Max.|
His most recent mainstream role was as Dan Cody in
The Great Gatsby.
I've already written a few posts on this blog about my path crossings with Steve's and when I purchased my copy of Stillways -
The Steve Bisley Sync: BBWF
Well, I finally got around to finishing Steve's book about a week before The Bangalow Billycart Derby day, where Steve was in the celebrity race on the day.
|Steve Bisley at the top of the hill before the race.|
|Steve acting the "goose" at the bottom, after the race.|
Boy, were my suspicions wrong.
This was a great book, not only because it dredged memories from Steve's past for us readers to imagine about, as he told his story, but because for most reader's around my age (49) he was bringing up memories that were common to our childhood, as well.
Also, the way he related his memories to us, the readers, was as if he was seeing the world through the eyes of the child he was before he could think like the adult he now is as the author of the book.
It works well, because the naivety of the child describing the world in his words to us also makes the observations he sees seem rather wise in ways adults don't seem to see while life goes on around them.
The humour and sadness is from the heart in this book, which makes the stories between the pages even more compelling to take into our own hearts.
It's hard not to feel the wonder, pain, sadness, disappointment, warmth, humour and love in the young Steve Bisley's heart as you read along with his words.
|The carpet python I saw on my bushwalk, eating a possum.|
|Don't leave home without having a toilet near by.|
I had been told stories of what you could expect using
Colon Cleanse if you were to venture outside the home not knowing where the next "port of call" might be, so I grabbed a book and stayed around the house that day...
and I was relieved that I did.
I was thinking how terribly embarrassing it would be if you needed to go this badly out in public and didn't make it into port on time, so to speak.
Next chapter I read after a having a good cleanse and envisioning public embarrassment because of a lack of bowel control when using this product was the chapter where Steve messes his pants the first week of high school when he and other school members come down with a bad stomach bug.
|Pages 168-169 of Stillways.|
The real power of this book for me though was how Steve Bisley lowers all the masks from Steve Bisley "the actor" and shows us readers a bit of "Steve Bisley" the person.
Steve 'Jim Goose' Bisley on Mad Max and Australian film.
So, if you love to read a good book, here's another one for your bookshelf.
Steve isn't a wanna-be author, this book proves he is the real deal.
Buy a copy.
You won't be sorry.
Steve Bisley's childhood memoir Stillways
I wouldn't blame you if you wouldn't buy a car off this man, but I can assure you his book is no lemon.