"Barry Divola hides meticulous attention to the detail of an era in prose that is disarming and real. A book fro anyone who ever owned a Dragstar bike or marveled at a Valiant Charger." - Nick Earls.
A requiem for bygone days of nineteen-seventies Australia, told with humour, poignancy and authenticity.
In the fictional suburb of Braithwaite- yes, it's named after the lead singer of Sherbet- we meet Charlie during the listless weeks of his sweltering summer holidays.
Against a background of buzzing cicadas, Dragstar bikes, schoolboy rock bands, church youth groups and Top 40 radio, Barry Divola deftly evokes that awkward, exhilarating journey from childhood to adolescence and the familiar stages of teenage awakening- in friendship, desire and love.
Nineteen Seventysomething is the second book in the Long Story Shorts initiative, a commitment by Affrim Press to publish six individual collections of stories in 2010. Barry Divola
is a senior writer for Rolling Stone, a columnist and writer for the (sydney) magazine, the long-time music critic at Who magazine and a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald. He has published three non-fiction books (Fanclub; Searching For Kingly Critter; The Secret Life of Backpackers) and co-written three children's books in the popular 'Rockin' Alphabets' series with illustrator Paul McNeil (M is for Metal; Never Mind Your P's and Q's- Here's the Punk Alphabet; The ABC&W- The Country and Western Alphabet). His short stories have been included in many anthologies, and he's won the Banjo Paterson Award for short fiction three times.
Author: Barry Divola
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