Friday, 23 December 2011
A Year in Books 2011 - Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar
For once a novel that has made me laugh out loud as the jacket quotes promise!
DJ Connell's debut novel takes the cliched view of the macho Austrlain and turns it on its head
Julian is growing up in Tasmania where to be a boy means bbqs and ball games. What it certainly doesn't mean is wanting a doll for your birthday and a career in hairdressing.
Whilst Julan's dad is desperate to practise fast bowling at his son, Julian is more interested in forming an after school club where boys hang around naked.
Julian grows up convinced that he has star quality and "small screenability". His father can't understand why he isnt more like his daughter , "The Locomotive whose fast bowling arm is also the one she punches with.
As Julian pinballs between school and a series of dead end jobs , he plans for stardom. As each plan goes belly up the lies he tells become even more outrageous.
With his parents splitting up , job failure after job failure and an ever increasing waistline it looks like his shot at fame is doomed before it begins. However like all feel good stories, it all comes down to the nail biting climax , in this case the Tasmanian hairdressing competition.
DJ Connell, in Julian has created a fresh and unique voice and then surrounded him with a variety of characters equally as colourful. Amid all the bright colours and comedy there are also moments or real pathos
The nearest I can think to describe it is imagine the world of Strictly Ballroom mixed with Muriel's Wedding in a book and I don't think you'd be far out
You can buy Julian Corkle is a Filthy Liar here