Working Class Boy (memoir)

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Working Class Boy
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Author Jimmy Barnes
Genre memoir
Published2016 (HarperCollins)
Media typePrint (hardback)
ISBN 9781460752135
OCLC 951507638

Working Class Boy is a 2016 memoir by Jimmy Barnes. It is about Barnes' childhood in Glasgow and Adelaide. Barnes details his childhood in Glasgow up until him joining Cold Chisel.

Working Class Boy has sold more than 250,000 copies and was named the Biography of the Year at 2017 ABIA Awards. [1]


Rolling Stone magazine in a review of Working Class Boy wrote "Barnes writes with verve and style to present a fascinating story of flawed and compelling personalities, not least his own. The result is unexpectedly compelling." [2]

It debuted at number 1 on the Australian bestsellers list, [3] [4] [5] and remained in the top 10 for a number of weeks. [6]

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  1. "Jimmy Barnes shares first look at Working Class Boy film about his harrowing childhood". 27 June 2018. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
  2. Andrew P. Street (23 September 2016). "Jimmy Barnes Working Class Boy". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media LLC. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  3. Kathy McCabe (30 September 2016). "Chart-topper Jimmy Barnes hits the top of the book charts with his revealing Working Class Boy". News Corp Australia. Retrieved 21 December 2016. Barnes beat world renowned authors Andy Griffiths and J K Rowling for the top spot with the biggest first-week sales for an Australian autobiography in more than five years.
  4. "Bestsellers: Jimmy Barnes tops the bookshop charts (Nielsen BookScan, week ending October 8.)". Sydney Morning Herald. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  5. Wyndham, Susan (7 October 2016). "Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes outsells Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  6. "Charts (subscription required)". Thorpe-Bowker. Retrieved 21 December 2016. shows no. 1 of Top 10 Bestsellers Index for weeks of 10 Oct, 17 Oct, and 24 Oct 2016