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The Demonist By Graham Jackson
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Australia is an immigrant society and, as John Winston Howard famously said, its people 'decide who comes into this country and the circumstances in which they come.' Every generation has exercised... More > its right of veto, not always without controversy. Elections have been won and lost on the issue, none with less honour than Howard's own Children Overboard election of 2001. Unlike an immigrant wave, the arrival of a new biography of the former conservative prime minister is always timely, particularly one to which the man himself has contributed, or at least had words put into his mouth. As the Children Overboard disgrace amply demonstrates, we are not always the authors of our own destiny, or even of the record of our past. The history of Australia has seen many leading characters come and go, and it has seen truth-telling wax and wane. John Winston Howard is still with us, but at least with the publication of 'The Demonist' his dark deeds are now more or less factually on the record.< Less
The Resurrection Cove By Graham Jackson
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Fourteen stories collected for the first time and presented as the final volume of Graham Jackson's 'Tales from a Square Crib' trilogy. The earlier volumes, 'Square Crib' and 'The Decline of Western... More > Hill' were published by the University of Queensland Press in 1981 and 1983 respectively. 'The stories catch at the fraying edges of small town life' Otago Daily Times (NZ). 'These are troubling stories... They are surreal, bizarre, and have much imaginative invention and crazy logic' Luna (Aus). 'The insidious effects of discrimination based on skin colour are depicted with imagination and vigour' Publishers Weekly (US). 'Jackson's writing is understated, subtle and delicate. He tackles political issues with intelligence and depth through a set of closely linked stories' Social Alternatives (Aus). 'Jackson is a social commentator whose balanced perceptions present a celebration of life with all its fragility and force' Access (Aus).< Less
Guantanamo Bay By Graham Jackson
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A retrenched bank manager from rural Australia resumes his personal war against Terror on a flight to London. His wife is beside him, aware of some of the disturbance in his mind, but not the full... More > extent of his dark, occult vision. He is immediately suspicious of Harold Byron, the passenger sitting on his other side... He has never accepted the death of his elder daughter in the Twin Towers. In the fearful emanations of London - in its Underground and Tower - he is brought to the edge of his personal ground zero, which will finally absorb him in Disneyland Paris. He follows Harold Byron to Rome, pursues him through the Sistine Chapel, and on to a reckoning in the Colosseum... But fear has no satisfactory resolution. Is his wife all she appears to be? Might she be in bed with Terror? He travels on through northern Italy and into Germany to find out... 'Guantanamo Bay' follows 'Accounting for Terror' in the tragicomic 'Terror Trilogy', which concludes with 'A Captain of Souls'.< Less
Where Dead Corals Lie By Graham Jackson
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Captain RP Laxman and Oliver Cape sail to the Olympus Islands on the giant wind ferry Charon. Their mission is to administer the World Authority's peace at the end of the long anarchist war...... More > Expecting to make a useful contribution in an outpost of empire, they instead become enmeshed in local intrigue and incompetence. The Resident Commissioner is a pompous alcoholic, with a Treasurer scheming to replace him. The Secretary, James Darling, is a buffoon with a dangerous, diseased mind. The Japanese trader, Omi, is also prominent in the affairs of the Islands, as are the Resident Commissioner's wife, Jocasta, and the Treasurer's daughter, Hope... The Olympus Islands are being slowly drowned by the ocean. The native People of the Coral, bemused by the Authority's representatives, realise they have to make use of their innate occult vision and take a more active role in their own affairs... Even though they know that, ultimately, the inhabitants of all worlds live at the direction of the Fates and the Furies.< Less
Citizen Lipstick By Graham Jackson
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Citizen Lipstick is stalked by her past. She is also menaced by Citizen Will, a psychotic cat burglar, one of a new generation of revelling citizen. Their society, led by an egoistic President, is in... More > moral decline. The lives of these three intersect in the hilly streets of Darkmoon Bay, a reality much like ours. But their world has been altered by Citizen Lipstick asking the question, what is her right to life? Perhaps Citizen Will can provide an answer. Not much can be expected of the President, who is fully occupied with his own survival. Darkmoon Bay is one of the city's conservative, revelling suburbs. Nothing in the shadows of its apartment block canyons can support the growth of a geranium, let alone a moral conviction. The Church of the Prophets is similarly enfeebled. Citizen Lipstick's search for an answer leads her onto the unlikely green grass of Darkmoon Bay Park, beneath the giant image of the President in his political death throes. Whose knife will prevail?< Less
Reconciled Among the Stars By Graham Jackson
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Dougie Dire, former star footballer, is dying. On the physical plane, his journey to death takes him through the alternative realities of the Isolation Wing, White Ward, Critical Care and... More > Reconciliation Room, assisted by Nurse Leyla and the incompetent surgeon, Professor Pith. His daughter Dolly is also by his side. On the occult plane, he encounters characters from all time zones, including his former coach, Tommy Eliot, his best mate Smithy and his four great grandfathers, as he goes in search of Billy Abraham, a promising young footballer who disappeared after one year at the club. He travels through many countries, following the path of the infinity symbol, which first appears to him as the screensaver on a Critical Care monitor, and is the path he must eternally follow in his quest for reconciliation with himself, his family and friends, Aboriginal Australia and the Cosmos.< Less
The Other Side of Pop By Graham Jackson
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Pop's personal failings have led him to believe he has an evil twin, the doppleganger Iggy, who controls his destiny... From his room in the Kia Ora Nursing Home, he relates the significant events of... More > his life to his son, Ossie, an androgynous poet who has an interest in psychogeography, as well as a desire to avenge dead Mama. As he listens to the story, Ossie discovers more darkness in Pop's life than he expects... In the world outside the Home, Ossie is a Pub Poet, who performs regularly at the Portwine and Shot Tower in front of modest audiences, and hecklers. This reality collides with that of his father and doppleganger Iggy, as revealed by Pop's American correspondent, the drug addict Rockwell Lewis Jordan... Kia Ora is not all it seems, its corridors the location of occult practice - burning candles, malign effigies and geriatric games. Ossie has to interpret the signs, as well as understand the influence Iggy Pop might be exerting on his own life... Who is controlling who?< Less
The Coals of Juniper By Graham Jackson
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Hector and Juniper first meet in secondary college. Juniper, an unlikely prodigy, is three years younger than Hector but physically big for his age and able to defend himself and his friend. They... More > take this bond with them to the Australian National University, Canberra, in the mid 1960s. Here the two undergraduates come of age with other innocent baby boomers and one or two space oddities, like Burn from Alabama. Two others, Moses and Ross, cling to the 50s beat generation and instruct Juniper in artistic and philosophical matters. Of course there are the sexual rites of passage to go through, as well as Hector's initiation into the world of social snobbery. In this intense atmosphere he meets his future wife Matty, who, in a classic triangle, will end up with Juniper. But that's a few years ahead, when Juniper's age resolves itself with his brain and his space dreams, when he becomes a futuristic writer and Hector becomes his corporate publisher, and Matty comes between them...< Less
Accounting for Terror By Graham Jackson
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Australia refuses to allow 'Tampa's' asylum-seekers into the country and terrorists attack New York... An Australian bank manager is retrenched. Removed from his position of authority above the... More > town's main intersection, he contemplates his cautious existence, his personal, expedient reality. His mind is disintegrating... In a series of episodic recollections, before the past catches up with him, he reveals his relationships with his family - with his parents, and his criminal brother. He recounts his acrimonious debate with the local Presbyterian Minister, and examines the state of his conscience after reassessing the part he played in the death of his sister's first husband. He stays in touch with the world beyond Australia through the songs of Bob Dylan. But as that world darkens and is consumed by terror, the bank manager plans his own response to the terror within... 'Accounting for Terror' is the first novel in 'The Terror Trilogy' and is followed by 'Guantanamo Bay' and 'A Captain of Souls'.< Less

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