88 Lines About 44 Women
A Strong Brown God
An Accidental Terrorist
88 Lines About 44 Women
Shortlisted for the Christina Stead Award for Fiction 2010 Shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Literary Award for Fiction 2010
For a while Lawrence Martin had everything. He was the keyboard player in a successful rock band; he had money, his choice of women. It was a long way from the British boarding school where he met Roly, the charismatic front man who lured him to Australia in the first place, and with whom he shared the song-writing. Only after it all went wrong did Lawrence learn they’d been sharing other things as well.
Two decades on, living in the Highlands of Scotland, he’s again confronted with those turbulent years, and with the accident that changed everything…
Wry, insightful, intelligent, 88 Lines About 44 Women traces the boundaries of shame and how it obstructs the capacity for love. Are all men emotionally diconnected? Does true intimacy bring redemption, or is it the other way round?
pitch-perfect... brilliantly humane
Australian Literary Review
an excellent novel
Australian Book Review
lucid and precise
a powerful example of the strength of Australian fiction Canberra Times
Everything about An Accidental Terrorist spoke of a prodigious talent and hinted at a promising career. Lang’s new novel, 88 Lines About 44 Women, has not only lived up to that promise, but extended his reach on the physical terrain as well as on the contours of the human heart.
Bron Sibree, The West Australian.
As much as the healing of a faded rock star in the Scottish Highlands may sound like a detour from most reader’s home ground, this novel’s orchestration of memory, landscape, music and human relationships is so pitch-perfect and complete that it feels like first hand experience. This is a brilliantly humane novel.
Tim Kennedy Hanna, The Australian Literary Review.
This is an excellent novel; a finely calibrated blend of a carefully paced thriller and a literary exploration of masculinity.
Jo Case, Readings, Melbourne, in The Australian Book Review.
Undoubtedly the best book I’ve read all year.
Sylvie Mester, Candelo Books website, Bega, NSW.
[88 Lines] opens with a nail-bitingly taut scene of high drama on the ocean involving a beautiful semi-naked woman, the threat of the open water and some unresolved sexual tension that is bound to end badly. [But] if the opening flags a sexually charged psychological thriller of the Dead Calm variety, be prepared to be surprised. Lang’s ... aspirations lie elsewhere. His best writing arises from his emotional engagement with place and his tender examination of his damaged characters’ capacity for love.
Liam Davison, The Weekend Australian.
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A Strong Brown God
In 1842 the Crown Commissioner for Lands, Stephen Simpson, along with a Lutheran priest, Christoph Eipper, set out from Moreton Bay with the intention of finding a site for a new Aboriginal settlement in the Larger Bunya Country, now Kenilworth. They were accompanied on their journey by twelve soldiers, a team of bullocks and a dray, as well as the two escaped convicts, Bracewell and Davis, both of whom had lived for an extended period amongst the natives. 150 years later Steven Lang followed their route from the source of the Mary River to where it joins the sea. In A Strong Brown God Lang marries his story with that of the earlier men, both Aboriginal and White, weaving a picture of the Mary Valley as it was then and as it is now, a very personal portrait that becomes a paean for the river and its importance.
In this beautifully illustrated book Lang gives an account of his journey down the Mary River, weaving his own story with that of the original inhabitants and the first white settlers.
Published by Lang House Press
297 x 248mm
100 full-colour photographs
returns to his home town on the southern coast of New South Wales
he finds himself drawn to a community back in the hills. He meets
Jessica, a would-be writer who has escaped the city, and her enigmatic
neighbour, Carl. Both are pursuing new lives inspired by the extraordinary
landscape around them.
As his relationship with Jessica intensifies Kelvin is caught
up by some of the more radical elements in the community.
is quite who they seem, and Kelvin makes a decision that will have
devastating consequences for all of them. Deep in the southern
forests, the story builds to a dramatic climax.
A gripping, sensuous and at
times breathtaking work,
A well-crafted and enticingly paced novel, that gets
under the skin of a deeply entrenched
social and environmental problem.
The Canberra Times.
Lang’s first novel presages a strong literary career.
the health of Australian fiction in the new millenium.
A slow burn thriller engaged with contemporary issues … hypnotically
Australian Bookseller and Publisher.
skilfully ratchets up the tension in the second half, leading
to a genuinely thrilling
climax in which the various undercurrents of the novel, both personal
and political, converge
... a fine debut.
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