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Apollo and Thelma

A True Tall Tale

Jon Faine

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Hardie Grant Books
04 April 2022
In Apollo and Thelma, broadcaster and lawyer Jon Faine shares a yarn that has enthralled him for forty years, taking him from Melbourne's depression-era slums to the isolation of the outback.

Apollo and Thelma have been a constant in Jon Faine's life for decades. As a young lawyer, he was captivated by his favourite client, the Mighty Apollo, a legendary strongman and circus star, famous for pulling trams with his teeth and having an elephant stand on him. Apollo's sister, Thelma, on the other hand, ruthless and rugged, had survived decades running solo one of the most remote pubs in the outback until unexpectedly dying, leaving behind a complicated estate.

Befriending Apollo and immersing himself in Thelma's estate, Jon is forced to untangle a long line of astonishing stories and episodes in our distant and recent history that keep intersecting with his own. Via the circuitous route of these two larger-than-life characters - alongside a supporting cast of characters from the world of politics, law, literature and media - Jon reflects on their stories and is inevitably forced to rethink his own.

Apollo and Thelma is a uniquely Australian story, beautifully told.


 Apollo and Thelma: A True Tall Tale

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Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781743797082
ISBN 10:   1743797087
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Apollo and Thelma: A True Tall Tale

'It's intimate, yet deals with massive, very Australian issues. It made me weep...It made me question whether life is chaos or if indeed there are big swirling, beautiful patterns if only we cared to look. I'm so glad Faine looked.' - Jaye Chin-Dusting, Mary Martin Bookshop 'The Australian book of the year. I was riveted.' - Peter Goers, ABC Radio Adelaide It's intimate, yet deals with massive, very Australian issues. It made me weep...It made me question whether life is chaos or if indeed there are big swirling, beautiful patterns if only we cared to look. I'm so glad Faine looked. -- Jaye Chin-Dusting * Mary Martin Bookshop * The Australian book of the year. I was riveted. -- Peter Goers * ABC Radio Adelaide, Evenings *


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