ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- We all know of Roy and HG, and this book will be for the fans! It is John Doyle writing about a year in the early life of Roy Slaven (which mirrors Doyle's life in important ways) and one of Roy's closest friends is John Doyle, so through Roy's narration their stories intersect. (Don't try to make sense of it! Just go with the flow!) It is Lithgow in 1967, and Roy lives with his Mum (his father's taken off shearing and effectively disappeared - much to their unspoken relief). He attends the local Catholic boy's school, is making his mark in a number of sports, and generally gets up to the sort of harmless mischief a good-hearted young fella might. The joy in reading this book is the loving evocation of a past time and place and how it catches a sort of innocence and boyish self-assurance, all with the iconic dry style of this great Australian humorist. Lindy
John Doyle is one of Australia's finest writers for stage and screen. His work spans the theatrical success of The Pig Iron People for the Sydney Theatre Company and Vere (Faith) for the State Theatre Company of South Australia, to the small screen acclaim of series such as Changi, Marking Time and Two Men and a Tinnie for the ABC. He created the character of Roy Slaven in 1985, for ABC radio station Triple J. Since 1986, Roy has appeared alongside H G Nelson on various television series, including Club Buggery, The Channel Nine Show, Win Roy and H G's Money, The Dream, The Monday Dump, The Ice Dream, The Cream, The Dream in Athens and The Memphis Trousers and the long-running Sunday afternoon radio sports program This Sporting Life on Triple J. In 2010, John was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to entertainment and as a supporter of charitable organisations such as the United Nations Children's Fund in Australia. John is Patron and a life governor of Autism Spectrum Australia.