They don’t know where they’re going… but they’re on their way.
Billy was never cut out to be a farmer, but as the only son he’s
obliged to try. As Billy finds escape in a fantasy world playing
Lana, heroine of his favourite TV show, not everyone approves of
his transformation. On the brink of adolescence, he discovers
growing up is more complicated than he could ever have imagined.
Set in New Zealand’s weirdly wonderful landscape, this is a fresh
telling of sexual awakening: real, compelling, funny and moving
Set in New Zealand in the summer of 1975, 50 Ways of Saying Fabulous is the story of 12 year-old Billy, who is about to discover that growing up is a lot more confusing than he could have ever imagined. He is a farmer’s only son who is out of step with the other boys at his school. He feels they only want to fight and play rugby and while he tries to be the same, he feels he was never cut out to be a farmer or a rugby player. Instead, he prefers to dream about an imaginary life in outer space. In this world, a turnip paddock becomes a lunar landscape and a cow’s tail a head of beautiful blonde hair which transforms him into “Lana” the heroine of his favorite TV show. With the arrival of Roy, the class freak, and Jamie the sexy young farm laborer Billy’s world is changed forever. As he learns about his sexuality, everything he knows is called into question, including his lifelong loyalty to his best friend…