Tom Sawyer on acid, a 21st-century On the Road, a Holden Caulfield for punks … a profound, provocative memoir of self-destruction and self-discovery.
In Scoundrel Days Brentley Frazer tells the story of his youth - wild, disillusioned, impassioned and desolate. Born into a Christian cult in outback Queensland, Frazer escapes through literature and poetry, drugs and violence, sex and alcohol; and his ensuing rejection of religion, authority and the 'way things are' leads to adventures, desperation and, just possibly, redemption.
Beautifully written and urgently told, Scoundrel Days is a visceral, compelling assault on the senses. An at times brutal story articulated with a poet's sensibility, it portrays a walker of edges exploring the dark side while searching for the love essential to build a soul.
AN ASIDE: Frazer wrote Scoundrel Days using an obscure literary constraint known as English Prime. No tenses of the verb 'to be' (are, am, is, was, were, be, been, being and contractions) appear in the text. Read more about this unusual approach in Frazer's article Beyond Is: Creative Writing with English Prime published in TEXT Journal.
About the Author
Brentley Frazer is an Australian author whose poems, prose and academic papers have been published in numerous national and international anthologies, journals, magazines and other periodicals since 1992. He holds a MA (writing) from James Cook University and authored Scoundrel Days as part of a submission for a PhD in creative writing at Griffith University. He is also a lecturer at Griffith University and the editor-in-chief of Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters.
"Can't remember the last time I read anything this gritty and compelling. Frazer doesn't write like an angel. He writes like a demon. Scoundrel Days is one of the finest Australian works in years." --Brett D'Arcy, WA Premiers prize for Mindless Ferocity of Sharks