As a passenger train leaves Spencer Street Station on its haul to Sydney, Vic, Rita and their son, Michael, are off to a party. George Bedser has invited the whole neighbourhood to celebrate the engagement of his daughter. Vic is an engine driver, with dreams of being like his hero, Paddy Ryan, and becoming the master of the smooth ride. As the neighbours walk to the party, we are drawn into their lives: a bully, a drunk, a lonely wife, a restless girl - and a young boy forced to grow up before he is ready. The Art of the Engine Driver is a luminous and evocative tale of ordinary lives, told with extraordinary power.
About the Author
Steven Carroll was born in Melbourne and grew up in Glenroy. He went to La Trobe University and taught English in high schools before playing in bands in the 1970s. After leaving the music scene he began writing as a playwright and became the theatre critic for The Sunday Age. He has recently given up his lecturing post at RMIT to write full time and lives in Brunswick, Victoria.
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Comments about The Art of the Engine Driver:
Although I could appreciate the writing, the cleverness of the concept and even the characterisation, I could not warm to the story or feel empathy for any of the characters, perhaps a feature of the time frame, although it felt instead that the book was somewhat mannered.
Series: A&R Classics
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16th December 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.29