Fifty Shades of 50… A Q&A with Brendan ‘Jonesy’ Jones


Most Australians would be aware of Brendan Jones, most likely as one half of the popular breakfast radio team Jonesy & Amanda with Amanda Keller.


In the book, Jonesy tells all in what is an amusing memoir of growing up in suburban Sydney and following his dream to be a radio DJ.

In the irreverent style that fans of his top-rating breakfast radio show know and love, Jonesy shares his funny anecdotes and various media adventures — both on radio and TV — as well as his passion for his true love, motorbikes!

To celebrate the launch of his book, and his 50th birthday, ManSpace sat down with Jonesy to ask a few questions about what readers should expect.

ManSpace: What made you want to write a book and why now?

Jonesy: On the cusp of 50 is as good as time as ever! Its nice to take stock at this midway point, which means I’ll be like a Galapagos turtle and live to a hundred.

ManSpace: What can people expect from a book written by Jonesy?

Jonesy: It’s for anyone of a certain age that gets all misty eyed about riding around in the back of a ute, or going out in the morning and not coming back until the street lights came on and burning stuff in the incinerator.

ManSpace: A book titled ’50 Shades…” may lead people to expect something very specific and perhaps salacious. Are we about to see a side of Jonesy that Australia may not be ready for?

Jonesy: There is an awkward situation with some hardcore porn mags and my parents.

ManSpace: What will readers be most surprised to learn about you in this book?

Jonesy: Other than hardcore porn mags? I went to school in England. And had a major crush on a notorious Sydney underworld figure’s daughter.

ManSpace: Amanda Keller describes you as a ‘charming idiot’ – is this a good thing? How would you describe her in a foreward for her autobiography?

Jonesy: I’m talking to my lawyers about her introduction as we speak.

ManSpace: She also poses the question of whether you are fearful of turning 50. Are you? If so, why?

Jonesy: No, not fearful. Grateful; if you make it this far you’ve done all right!



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Paul Skelton

Not since Emilio Estevez has somebody enjoyed the perks of being famous in their own head as much as multi-award seeking magazine editor Paul Skelton. On weekends they can both be found quacking at local hockey players, insisting on being called Coach Bombay.


Name: Paul ‘Lager than life’ Skelton
Beer experience: Heavyweight
Style preference: Lagers and draughts
Beers I avoid: Fraoch Heather Ale, Wells Banana Bread Beer, any ‘chilli’ beer
Beer philosophy: What’s wrong with sticking with what you like? When I go to the pub for a pint and a punt, I don’t feel like I have to try the latest microbrew on tap. Sure, I will give them a go if I’m up for it, but I don’t want to drink beer that has a ‘floral aftertaste’ or has ever been described as looking like ‘the red dust of the Nullarbor on a warm August eve’. Yes, my taste has been described as ‘plain’, but what’s wrong with that?

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