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Bluebird

Malcolm Knox

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04 January 2022
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A house perched impossibly on a cliff overlooking the stunning, iconic Bluebird Beach. Prime real estate, yet somehow not real estate at all, The Lodge is, like those who live in it, falling apart.

Gordon Grimes has become the accidental keeper of this last relic of an endangered world. He lives in The Lodge with his wife Kelly who is trying to leave him, their son Ben who will do anything to save him, his goddaughter Lou who is hiding from her own troubles, and Leonie, the family matriarch who has trapped them here for their own good.

But Gordon has no money and is running out of time to conserve his homeland. His love for this way of life will drive him, and everyone around him, to increasingly desperate risks. In the end, what will it cost them to hang onto their past? The the secrets they've been keeping and the lies they've been telling can't save them now.

Savage, funny, revelatory and brilliant, Bluebird exposes the hollowness of the stories told to glorify a dying culture and shows how those who seek to preserve these myths end up being crushed by them.

'An iconically Aussie story, with characters we all relate to. Warmth, sadness, love, loss ... it's all there. Just brilliant!' Adam Gilchrist, former Test cricketer and beach-goer 'Bluebird is engrossing: a sharp-witted and exact satire about our contemporary world and our contemporary families ... Malcolm Knox's writing now has such confidence and clarity that he is exhilarating to read. He's a maestro, and I didn't want Bluebird to end.' Christos Tsiolkas, author of Damascus and The Slap 'If Winton is an aria, Knox is early Rolling Stones.' The Guardian
By:   Malcolm Knox
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 128mm, 
Weight:   424g
ISBN:   9781761066429
ISBN 10:   1761066420
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   04 January 2022
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Malcolm Knox was born in 1966. He grew up in Sydney and studied in Sydney and Scotland. Malcolm is the former literary editor and award-winning cricket writer of the Sydney Morning Herald, where he broke the Norma Khouri story, for which he won one of his two Walkley Awards. His novels include A Private Man, winner of the Ned Kelly Award; Jamaica, which won the Colin Roderick Award; The Life; and most recently The Wonder Lover. His many non-fiction titles include The Greatest: The Players, the Moments, the Matches 1993-2008; The Captains: The Story Behind Australia's Second Most Important Job; Boom: The Underground History of Australia, From Gold Rush to GFC, which won the 2013 Ashurst Business Literature Prize; and Bradman's War, shortlisted in the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

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