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  • Paperback: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Baby Ice Dog Press (5 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0646410865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0646410869
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,243,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Wales, Dave Franklin published his first story in a national fishing magazine at the age of sixteen. He emigrated to Australia in 1999 and made his living as a reporter, earning the distinction of being sacked twice by the same Perth-based newspaper group. He then spent nearly three years teaching English in South Korea, during which the mortality rate of the children under his care remained at an impressive zero. He now teaches ESL to adults in Brisbane, helping (among others) Thai Lady Boys get to grips with their past participles.

The major theme of Dave's small, character-driven stories is alienation, the symptoms of which include male immaturity, misogyny, dysfunction, xenophobia, self-destruction, violence and a childish glee in winding up the politically correct. There are no car chases or explosions in his books; instead he prefers outlandish sex scenes while focusing on exasperated loners full of doubt.

Readers who like his work tend to see its black humour (and disdain for his own characters) whereas his harshest critics take everything at face value. Indeed, some observers would suggest that the highlight of his writing career, which has seen him produce eleven books, remains being published in a fishing magazine.

A Handy Guide To Dave's Full-Length Work:

DARK COMEDY / SATIRE
Looking For Sarah Jane Smith: A Riotous Black Comedy
Manic Streets of Perth: An Australian Comedy
English Toss on Planet Andong: A Dark Teaching Comedy
Evil Arse Soup (A bargain-priced anthology of the above titles)

HORROR / SUPERNATURAL / DARK FANTASY
Straitjacket Blues 1 - 3: Stories of Unease
The Goodreads Killer: The Trilogy
Begin The Madness: The Straitjacket Blues Trilogy (A bargain-priced anthology of the above titles)
Nice Man Jack: A Jack the Ripper Novella

CRIME / PSYCHOLOGICAL
Girls Like Funny Boys: A Dark Brisbane Tale
To Dare A Future: A Novel of Rage
Riders on the Storm and other killer songs

EROTICA / HUMOUR
Bawdy Blokes: Three Porno Funnies

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About the Author

Dave Franklin has written six novels and four collections of short stories. His caustic, profanity-filled work should be approached with caution.


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Each of the three journalists - Paul Lewis, Marty, and Eddie Dwiar - featured in these stories starts his life in Wales. One has emigrated to Australia, the second is about to and the third is going crazy. Paul, Marty and Eddie each live lives which they find dissatisfying, but they'd rather not be like everyone else. Follow their lives in these stories.

The first story is `Manic Streets of Perth' in which grumpy journalist Paul Lewis thinks not enough is happening until he meets Kim the lonely Manic Street Preachers fan. Kim foolishly shares aspects of her life with Paul, and before she realises it, everyone knows it. A robber wielding a snake makes an appearance and Paul gets caught up in trying to solve the crime.

The second story is `Looking for Sarah Jane Smith'. Marty is really, really bored with his life in Wales. But a new life beckons: about to leave Wales (and his two loser mates) for Australia. And perhaps he will also find his ideal woman - the one who will be like Sarah Jane Smith. The only problem is that he ends up taking his loser mates - John and Wasp Boy - with him.

The final story is the disturbing `To Dare a Future'. Eddie Dwiar is an antisocial antihero who wants to make a name for himself on his own terms. The abduction of an 11 year old girl, snatched on her way home from ballet, provides an opportunity. This story is more completely developed than the other two: quite engrossing but not humorous.

`We all have black thoughts. It's just some of us act on them.'

The first two stories are funny, the third is disturbing. Each is well-written. The one that entertained me best was `Manic Streets of Perth'. I liked the restless searching in `Looking for Sarah Jane Smith' and was haunted by some of the imagery in `To Dare a Future'.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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Funny? Yes and quirky, odd and strange all in the one mix.
Well written, a strong plot and a unexpected ending. Loved it.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x947c01f8) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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HASH(0x943bbd74) out of 5 stars `For anyone who suspects that life's a bit rubbish.' 19 Jan. 2011
By Jennifer Cameron-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Each of the three journalists - Paul Lewis, Marty, and Eddie Dwiar - featured in these stories starts his life in Wales. One has emigrated to Australia, the second is about to and the third is going crazy. Paul, Marty and Eddie each live lives which they find dissatisfying, but they'd rather not be like everyone else. Follow their lives in these stories.

The first story is `Manic Streets of Perth' in which grumpy journalist Paul Lewis thinks not enough is happening until he meets Kim the lonely Manic Street Preachers fan. Kim foolishly shares aspects of her life with Paul, and before she realises it, everyone knows it. A robber wielding a snake makes an appearance and Paul gets caught up in trying to solve the crime.

The second story is `Looking for Sarah Jane Smith'. Marty is really, really bored with his life in Wales. But a new life beckons: about to leave Wales (and his two loser mates) for Australia. And perhaps he will also find his ideal woman - the one who will be like Sarah Jane Smith. The only problem is that he ends up taking his loser mates - John and Wasp Boy - with him.

The final story is the disturbing `To Dare a Future'. Eddie Dwiar is an antisocial antihero who wants to make a name for himself on his own terms. The abduction of an 11 year old girl, snatched on her way home from ballet, provides an opportunity. This story is more completely developed than the other two: quite engrossing but not humorous.

`We all have black thoughts. It's just some of us act on them.'

The first two stories are funny, the third is disturbing. Each is well-written. The one that entertained me best was `Manic Streets of Perth'. I liked the restless searching in `Looking for Sarah Jane Smith' and was haunted by some of the imagery in `To Dare a Future'.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94bddbd0) out of 5 stars More Miss than hit 19 Jan. 2013
By NeilB - Published on Amazon.com
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The story had its moments more so when set in Wales,and seemed to be developing into a pithy moral tale about masculine identity, anomie and immaturity. Interesting reversal , Sarah Jane waited a lifetime for the Doctor of dreams and he just kept on adventuring,Marty is Going adventuring to find Sarah Jane type girl of his dreams. The characters wee believable enough, though John and Wasps attitude toward Wasps step daughter was seriously erksome(no sic), it was not edgy - if that was intended, just awkward and creepy in a bad way. It seriously lost the plot when relocated to Australia when it became more of a tourists Wikipedia tour of Australia (had the author ever actually been here, and if yes did he ever get out of the hostel) and a cut out scene or 2 from some more dubious Australian movies of the 1990's, like Kangaroo Jack anyone, for the Kangaroo stole my jacket by feigning death. Big miss
HASH(0x94782ee8) out of 5 stars sad, distriburing 26 Jan. 2013
By Marie Guzzo - Published on Amazon.com
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I was disappointed in the book. I uses Sarah Jane Smith in the title but is not what I expected. It is crass and sad
HASH(0x946915c4) out of 5 stars Still Looking for Sarah Jane... 2 April 2013
By Mr Movie Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not what I expected the book to be about. It is a good read but the title is a little misleading.
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HASH(0x9471760c) out of 5 stars Terrible writing 25 Feb. 2014
By Arianna Workman - Published on Amazon.com
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The first few pages were full of confusing dialogue which jumped back and forth haphazardly and relied on terrible cockney accents (I assume that was supposed to be funny). I quit pretty early, so it may not be fair to judge it so harshly, but what I did read was pretty bad.
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