All the Burning Bridges

A Memoir

Steve Bisley
2 October 2017

RRP: A$32.99
ISBN: 9781760400842
Format: Paperback

“[Steve Bisley] reveals his road unworthiness — and much, much more — in his new memoir, All the Burning Bridges, a follow-up to his successful 2014 debut, Stillways.”Stephen Romei, The Australian

Book overview

A thousand steps from the farm to the blue black highway, the adventure continues… In the sequel to his highly acclaimed first memoir Stillways Steve Bisley lands smack dab in the middle of Sydney. It’s 1966. High waisted bell bottom pants, paisley body shirts, velvet jackets, platform shoes and a lust for everything life has to offer him. And it offers him a lot.

From cadet graphic artist to private eye, lover, fighter, dreamer, milk man, truck driver and everything in between and then some. Till the day he auditions for the acting course at The National Institute of Dramatic Art and to his dismay is accepted, along with fellow classmates, Judy Davis and Mel Gibson. Three years later, on their graduation day, Mel and Steve are cast in a film that will change their lives forever. The Iconic Australian cult film Mad Max.

In this sensory and poetic memoir, actor Steve Bisley reflects on loving, losing, wrecking and running – the bridges burned – in the decades since hitchhiking away from the small family farm on the central coast of NSW in the 1960s. He explores with confronting honesty what it is to live on the edge of uncertainty, regret, despair and depression as an actor, lover and father, a life held together at times “by bits of frayed cotton and Perkin’s paste and hope”.