Time of My Life

Myf Warhurst

Time of My Life
Hachette Australia
28 September 2022

Time of My Life

Myf Warhurst

We all have a soundtrack to our lives. Songs that as soon as you hear them transport you to a moment in time. As the youngest child, and only girl, in a family of creative types, Myf Warhurst grew up with the music in her. Whether she was watching Daryl Braithwaite on TV on a Sunday night or listening to the crackle of the needle across vinyl as Agnetha and Anni-Frid transported her from rural Victoria to Eurovision, music has always shaped Myf’s life. Later her love of music (and the realisation that a professional pianist gig wasn’t part of the plan) would shape her career.

But music isn’t just about memories. It’s a safe place for people who feel different. For Myf, songs and lyrics were a way to make sense of the world. A way to deal with heartbreak and uncertainty. It steered her hopes and fashion choices, helped cement friendships and bonded family. In Time of My Life, Myf shares funny, fabulous and occasionally fraught tales about growing up in a small country town with an unhealthy obsession with Countdown, working in Australian radio, and her experiences on the much-loved music quiz show Spicks & Specks. She spills the backstage beans on work, fame, feminism, failure, love and success. Like a sommelier matches food with wine, Myf matches hits with memory, and in the process reminds us all that, as Louis Armstrong said, ‘Music is life itself.’

A captivating and joyous memoir of wisdom, humour and heart that unleashes the music within us all.


Time of My Life is as delightful as you would expect from one of the most charming people to ever grace the television screen in this country. Myf Warhurst begins her story with recollections of growing up in the small country town of Donald in central Victoria. Her childhood adventures would be relatable to most Australians over the age of 40. The first quarter of this book is filled with tales of Myf working in the town’s newsagent, dancing with her best friend to early ABBA records at the blue light disco, discovering Prince and eventually moving to Melbourne where she had auditioned and been accepted for a place at the University of Melbourne in their music education course.

While studying, she was also going out every night to inner-city Melbourne music pubs like the Punters Club and the Evelyn. It was through these gigs that she started writing for a free local street press magazine called Inpress, where she eventually became the publication’s music editor. She also volunteered at Melbourne community radio station Triple R and ended up with her own show on Triple J. Eventually commercial radio came calling and she moved to Triple M for a breakfast radio show with Pete Helliar. As with most commercial radio stories, this stint was tumultuous and ended badly.

The second half of Time of My Life covers Myf’s television career, from Spicks and Specks through to I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here and hosting Eurovision. She also becomes a grown-up, survives break-ups and Covid lockdowns and buys her dream home, a house designed by Robin Boyd. Filled with anecdotes and a love for music, this memoir is an entertaining and endearing read.

Pierre Sutcliffe is from Readings St Kilda

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