Time of My Life by Myf Warhurst
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.