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...comedy gold from the mythical land of Oztralia...,
This review is from: Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar (Paperback)
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I wasn't entirely sure why I ordered this book. I'm not really a comedy person, and usually find humorous novels dull in the extreme. So I headed off into this one, with little hope. After all, it wasn't just a funny book, it was an Antipodean funny book. Written by a New Zealander, set in Tasmania, it's as if the aliens have already taken over.
So no-one was more surprised than me, when this turned out to be an absolute riot. An Oztralien "Beautiful People", but without the doom and gloom, this tells the tale of Julian Corkle, a boy whose mother is grooming him for stardom, a boy who likes to play with dolls, dress in his mothers clothes and has a rather unhealthy admiration for David Cassidys tight trouser. In Oztralia. In the seventies. Safe to say, it's not plain sailing. It relates his disasterous journey through childhood and adolescence, into adulthood and a series of dull as ditchwater jobs (including my favourite - canine hairdressing), before he finally discovers his true calling.
It's an absolute delight, from beginning to end, although it's the early years that provide most enjoyment. Even better, it's the debut novel from D.J. Connell, so here's hoping there's plenty more to come.