In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
Ben and his sidekick, Mikey, work the Target Ball stand in a ramshackle carnival travelling up the east coast. Ben is trying to put his time in the army behind him and make some money. Mikey - AKA Mekong Delta, Fremantle's answer to Fifty Cent - wants to work on his flow and impress girls.
Their marks are the boozed-up blokes wandering sideshow alley in the hope of winning fluffy toys for their girlfriends. Easy pickings - so long as Mikey keeps his big mouth shut. Especially since his tendency to start fights jeopardises Ben's lucrative meth-dealing operation...
Inventive, profane and hilarious, The Glass Kingdom is a breakneck tour of rural Australia's underbelly from the acclaimed author of A Tiger in Eden.
Four Stories from Aboriginal Australian Writers' in McSweeney's 41, and his writing has appeared in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Paris Review Daily, Monster Children, Smith Journal, Silent History, Age, Australian, Big Issue and many other publications. His most recent novel is The Glass Kingdom. Born in Belfast, Chris now lives in Melbourne.
'A funny, sick, clever book you'll want to wash off your skin like outback dust, blood and spit.' Craig Sherborne
'Takes aim at many aspects of modern life, from the military to reality television to society's growing dependence on pharmacology...Fans of Irvine Welsh will delight in Flynn's wordplay.' Books+Publishing
'Flynn's fine ear for voice, rhythm, and pace, on full display here, are a major strength of the novel. His characters are sharply drawn. We come to know and inhabit these men not only through what they say, but how they say it...The characters inhabit a three-dimensional landscape where movement, be it subtle or dramatic, creates its own tension and poetry.' Australian Book Review
'A catastrophic, unexpected and strikingly imagined climax. His command of extravagant action and idiom never flags.' Weekend Australian
'The funniest tale I've read in many a year...The Glass Kingdom?is best described, I think, as Alex Garland's The Beach meets the bush, and will have you marvelling at Flynn's extraordinary ear for the vernacular and wicked eye for small-town country Australia.' Martin Shaw, Readings
'An unflinching page-turner that's funny, ugly, shocking and true to life all at once.' Three Thousand