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Long before I ever met him I knew his name from the leaky dessicated type of a grey-brown slim volume, cheaply printed but essential to my research...
Seeking stories of Australia's Great Ocean Road, a young writer stumbles across a small, technical manual from a minor player in the road's history: Dune Stabilisation and Other Engineering Difficulties by FB Herschell.
It is a volume unremarkable in every way, save for the surprising portrait of its author that can be read between its lines: a vision of a man who writes with uncanny poetry about sand.
And as he continues to mine the archive of FB Herschell - engineer, historian, philosopher - it is not the subject, but the man who begins to fascinate. A man whose private revolution among the streets of Paris and dunes of France begins to change the way he sees Australia's most famous coastal road...
ISBN: 9781760552145 ISBN-10: 1760552143 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 320 Published: 24th April 2018 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.4
About the Author
Gregory Day is a writer, poet and musician whose debut novel, THE PATRON SAINT OF EELS (2005), won the prestigious Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2006. His CDs include THE BLACK TOWER: SONGS FROM THE POETRY OF WB YEATS, which was hailed by the Yeats Society of Ireland as the finest musical interpretations of Yeats ever made, and THE FLASH ROAD: SCENES FROM THE BUILDING OF THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD. His second novel, RON MCCOY’S SEA OF DIAMONDS (2007), was shortlisted for the 2008 NSW Premiers Prize for Fiction. He lives with his family on the southwest coast of Victoria.
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