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Tamam Shud : The Somerton Man Mystery  - Kerry Greenwood

Tamam Shud

The Somerton Man Mystery

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Published: 1st December 2012
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In 1948 a man was found dead on an Adelaide beach. Well-dressed and unmarked, he had a half-smoked cigarette by his side, but no identity documents. Six decades on we dont know who he was, how he got there or how he died. Somerton Man remains one of Australias most mysterious cold cases.

Yet it is the bizarre details of this case that make it the stuff of a spy novel. The missing labels from all his clothing. The tiny piece of paper with the words Tamam Shud found sewn into the lining of the dead mans coat. A mysterious code found etched inside the very book of Persian poetry from which this note was torn. Brimming with facts that are stranger than fiction, the case has intrigued novelist Kerry Greenwood for almost her whole life. She goes on a journey into her own past to try to solve this crime, uncovering a new way of writing about true crime and herself as she goes.

About the Author

Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant.

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      4.0

      Very Interesting

      By Bob the Uncle

      from Sweden

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            Comments about Taman Shud:

            A strange event, amenable to endless interpretations. Kurosawa should have made a film about it.

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            1.0

            Tamam Shud is a dud

            By Petra

            from Mile End

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              • Not The Authors Best
              • Not What I Expected

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              Comments about Taman Shud:

              Her Adelaide is out of date but my main issue with it, is that this book jumps from one topic to the other, full of supposedly funny and insightful comments but they are not. For a book that took Kerry Greenwood a while to write it is a true disappointment.

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              2.0

              Taman Shud

              By Mr Grumpy

              from Central West NSW

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              Comments about Taman Shud:

              A lot of the book was good, but the author seemed to wander off on tangents in a lot of it, I was disappointed that I had purchased it, to be honest.

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              1.0

              One could say this book is Taman Shud!

              By Pleasure In Paradise

              from Gold Coast

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                • Difficult To Follow
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                  Comments about Taman Shud:

                  Nothing that was expected will ever be the same again.
                  The original booked by Gerry Feltus is THE BOOK.
                  This one pales in the sand,its an ad hoc edition of meaningless takes on the master book.

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                  ISBN: 9781742233505
                  ISBN-10: 1742233503
                  Audience: General
                  Format: Paperback
                  Language: English
                  Number Of Pages: 232
                  Published: 1st December 2012
                  Publisher: UNSW Press
                  Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 13.5  x 2.0
                  Weight (kg): 0.26