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