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Deadly Kerfuffle - Tony Martin

Paperback Published: 31st October 2017
ISBN: 9781925584448

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‘They’re different, that’s for sure. And I wouldn’t put anything past ’em.’

It’s 2006, and terror scaremongering in the media has rattled the residents of sleepy, suburban Dunlop Crescent. When a Maori family moves into number 14, the local cranks assume they are Middle Eastern terrorists hell-bent on destroying the Australian way of life. Rumour has it that they plan to turn their house to face Mecca.

This sets off an extraordinary chain of events that embroils the entire neighbourhood as well as cynical media figures, bumbling anti-terrorist police, and a gang of white supremacists with a radical plan to wake up the country and ‘preserve Australian values’. At the centre of it all is Gordon, a retired widower, who just wants a bit of peace and quiet.

Deadly Kerfuffle is a smart, riveting and incredibly funny novel inspired by actual letters to the editor in a local newspaper. Through biting satire and a cast of unforgettable characters, it’s an insight into the kind of paranoia that could only ever blossom in the quietest and safest of places.

About the Author

New Zealand-born Tony Martin was a writer and performer on cult TV comedies The D-Generation and The Late Show, one half of radio’s Martin/Molloy, and the creator of Get This. He wrote and directed the movie Bad Eggs, and appeared in The Castle, Crackerjack, Kath & Kim and Thank God You’re Here. He hosted ABC TV’s A Quiet Word, directed episodes of The Librarians, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey and Upper Middle Bogan, and in the UK, was a producer on Ross Noble’s Freewheeling.

His stand-up comedy has been nominated for the Barry Award, and he has shared the ARIA Award for Best Comedy Album a record four times. He currently appears on the Nova 100 breakfast show, tours with Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine, and is nine years into an attempt to walk every street of his home town, Melbourne.

Deadly Kerfuffle is his fourth book and first novel.

This was a gift requested by my husband


Was a gift to my husband as requested


Deadly Kerfuffle


Light reading and lots of fun. We are reading this book for our book club in 2018.

Queensland Australia


Zany characters hurtle suburbia to a fast finish


I love Tony Martin's comic genius in his many TV shows. His skills with witty dialogue and off-beat humour are evident in his novel. The plot is a bizarre twist of complications and extravagant coincidences, and starts off a bit slow. I persevered for the sake of the comic elements, and was rewarded by the end with a fast-and-furious denouement and satisfyingly funny conclusion. There are insights into the fakery of a radio shock-jock's world and the ultra-right-wing mind: I don't know how accurate they are but they are convincing enough for the story.

Melbourne, Australia


Deadly Kerfuffle

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ISBN: 9781925584448
ISBN-10: 1925584445
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 31st October 2017
Publisher: Affirm Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.4
Edition Number: 1

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