'If God was a close friend of yours, would you listen to his every word?' This is one story that tells you why we mere mortals are still here on earth. Harold be thy Name is a roller coaster ride of emotions, documenting a rather turbulent life over a forty year period. The book is an autobiography and begins in the outer suburbs of Sydney in 1959, centring on the life of a then seven-year-old boy named Josh Hayward.
What happens to Josh and his family over the next four decades will devastate you, send you to jelly, warm your heart, make you giggle, drive you crazy and above all get you to admit that 'truth is often stranger than fiction.'
This is the real story of a kid named Josh, who grew up just as confused as everyone else. It is also the story of his enduring relationship with Harold. If only Josh had listened to him a little more, he could have saved himself a great deal of trouble and heartbreak. But life is about having a go, and Josh and Harold went through more than a few experiences together.
In the end Josh didn't regret a single one, and Harold? Well, Harold's Harold! He nearly always has a smile on his face.
The truth just might drive you crazy, but life can throw curve balls all day long, and at some point we have to look at it and admit we're not as adept as we thought we were.
Anthony Raymond DeLorger was born in the southern suburbs of Sydney, Australia in 1953. Coming from an artistic family he studied art and photography and began a career in advertising in his twenties.
Since then his experience has broadened into business management and marketing. He is an accomplished musician, designer, graphic and fine artist, and has written commercially for tabloid and magazine advertising as well as for radio and television commercials- concepts, music and scripts.
Personally he has experienced tragedy in his life with the death of his first born child, losing both parents to cancer and having been through two previous marriage break-ups.
He also suffers from Dysthymia, a long-term form of depression. Because of these experiences, he has gained a unique perception of the human psyche, conditioning and motivations, which he uses to advantage in his writing.
Tony now resides in Adelaide with his wife of 20 years and their two children. He also has three older children from his previous marriage, one in Sydney, one in Canberra, and one in Queensland.