You’re lying on your towel, propped up on one elbow, gazing out over the bluest, most beautiful lagoon you’ve ever seen; the tropical sun is shining, small waves lap against the sand at your feet; somewhere, far, far away someone is playing reggae, it comes to you in waves on the breeze; you whisper to yourself a redundancy, you say – this is heaven.
And just at this most perfect point, your husband grumbles that he is bored. Your kids then chime in with – there is nothing to do here. And the whole perfect scene is spoilt because you didn’t bring anything for them to read.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.