One Way or Another
Pub date: April 2012
RRP: $29.95
ISBN: 9781863955560
Imprint: Black Inc.
Format: PB
Size: 234 x 153mm
Extent: 240pp

One Way or Another

The Story of a Girl Who Loved Rock Stars

In 1981, fifteen-year-old Nikki McWatters is living in a Gold Coast suburb, dragging herself through humdrum schooldays and dreaming of losing her virginity to a rock star. With three friends she starts the Vulture Club for aspiring groupies – and so begins a festival of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.

As Nikki gets older, her conquests get bigger and the stakes get higher. From Australian Crawl to INXS, Pseudo Echo to Duran Duran, she is living her teenage dream – but is the groupie life all it’s cracked up to be?

One Way or Another is an irresistible romp through a world of pub rock, big hair, wild nights and mornings after. With irrepressible humour and a bulging little black book, Nikki McWatters recalls an age when everything seemed possible – even if everything wasn’t such a good idea.

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Praise for One Way or Another:

‘A great Australian rock ’n’ roll read’ – Steve Kilbey

‘McWatters renders her story with skill, sensitivity, wit and honesty…a fascinating look into some of rock’s seedier aspects.’ - Bookseller + Publisher

‘A vivid, heartfelt trip into the human side of rock ’n’ roll … Painfully honest and insightful, this is a Puberty Blues for the ’80s generation.’ – Richard Lowenstein, director of Dogs in Space and He Died with a Felafel in His Hand

Reviews & Interviews

An interview with the Herald Sun

An interview with Woman's Day

An interview on the Black Inc. blog

Readings bookstore review


Nikki McWatters

Nikki McWatters has had a varied career, from film and television acting to teaching to legal counselling. She lives in Queensland with her husband and children. One Way or Another was shortlisted for the Emerging Author Award in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.