Single mother and dreamer Loretta Boskovic lives in Gunapan, a town lost in the scrubby Australian bush. She has fantasies about dumping her two kids in the orphanage and riding off on a Harley with her dream lover. Her best pal is a crusty old junk man called Norm. She needs a lawnmower; he gives her two goats called Terror and Panic.
Loretta's a self-dubbed 'old scrag', but she's got a big heart and a strong sense of injustice. So when the government threatens to close down Gunapan's primary school, and there's a whiff of corruption wafting through the corridors of the local council, Loretta stirs into action. She may be short of money, influence and a fully functioning car, but she has loyal friends. Together they can organise protests, supermarket sausage sizzles, a tour of the abattoir -- whatever it takes to hold on to the scrap of world that is home.
THE FINE COLOUR OF RUST is a wryly funny, beautifully observed, life-affirming novel about friendship, love and fighting for things that matter. In Loretta Boskovic, Paddy O'Reilly (writing as PA O'Reilly) has created a truly endearing heroine who gives us all permission to dream.
About the Author
Paddy O'Reilly is a writer from Victoria, Australia. Her work has been published and broadcast widely both in Australia and internationally. Her short story collection The End of the World garnered much review coverage in Australia and was shortlisted for several awards. Her debut novel, The Factory was broadcast in fifteen episodes as the ABC Radio National Book Reading in 2009. She has also written screenplays. Paddy has spent several years living in Japan, working as a copywriter and translator.
'Delightful, laugh-out-loud funny and unforgettable. I love this book' Toni Jordan, author of Addition 'O'Reilly is funny and touching by turns and her style has a spare intelligence that reminded me of another of my favourite authors, the great Laurie Graham' DAILY MAIL 'A delight ... The author has a wryly-humorous touch and, once I started reading, I found it hard to put down. It's peopled with characters who are quirky but credible, and universally recognizable' NEW BOOKS MAG 'Can anyone write the story of a whirligig single mother gamely and hilariously fighting development of her small town better than Paddy O'Reilly? No, and nor should they try' WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN 'O'Reilly displays a deft poetic touch that elevates the prose from functional to transcendent...This is a story about love: where we look for it, what we do with it and how it shows up in the most unexpected packages. It is warm, moving and funny' BIG ISSUE, AUSTRALIA
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 28th February 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.18