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Graham Perrett
The Twelfth Fish
$ 32.95
978-0-9775047-6-3


 

MEDIA RESPONSES

Grahame perrett talks to Steve Austin about his writing and politics

Graham Perrett interviewed on the ABC Radio National Book Sshow 14 October 2008 (8.3meg podcast available)

Graham responds to questions about The Twelfth Fish

Bringing Poetry to Parliament

Review: 'Land Rights Core of New Book'

Saturday Reads with Ian Jay (Brisbane ABC radio)

Comment by Rosemary Sorenson in the Australian 11 October 2008

Prose from the Pollie's Pen: Review in the Australian

Political Games and Real Life Collide, Canberra Times Review

The Daily Telegraph dubs Graham 'The Honourable Member for Porn'

Lindsay Tanner leaps to the book's defence

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Too vulgar for mum + Virginia Trioli interviewing Lindsay Tanner (mp3)

Perrett Ruffles Feathers

In the small rural Queensland town of Lawson, where the people are still reeling from the arrival of the 1990s and modernity, surfie teacher Lawrence Lalor is condemned to servitude by the Catholic Education League. From his veranda and the pub, he quickly learns the secrets of life in the bush.

While Lawson is just another ‘dead- kangaroo-on-the-side- of-the-road’ country town with its streets named after saints, Lawrence is quick to learn that beneath its simple surface, it is a town of depth and deception.

Drunken mistakes, accidental friendships, adultery, love, murder and the arcane practice of fish counting lead Lawrence to the discovery that courage and dignity are more rare than precious. Lawrence Lalor’s journey through Lawson – the jewel of the west – gouges a scar on his emotional landscape that will stay with him forever.


The author

Born in St George, Queensland in 1966, Graham Perrett was the seventh of ten children. He’s been counting the numbers ever since.

In 1985, he received a diploma for teaching with which he taught for three years in Darling Downs and far north Queensland and for a further eight years in Brisbane.

In 1993, Graham was awarded with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours through the University of Queensland and completed his thesis on The Autobiography of Malcolm X. He began his law degree in 1995 and completed it in 1999 through the Queensland University of Technology. During the same year he became a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

After working with the Queensland Independent Education Union as an organiser Graham was admitted as a Senior Policy Advisor with the Queensland Government. He was the ALP candidate for Moreton in the 2004 Federal Election and was elected to the Commonwealth House of Representatives in November 2007.

Having played in a band – Once I Killed a Gopher with a Stick – throughout his teaching days, Graham remains a keen fan of music and literature and also enjoys writing and bushwalking. He now lives in Southern Brisbane with his wife Lea and son Stanley.

 

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