Meet Johnny Goodwin. He's grown up in a quiet Brisbane suburb with loving parents, a faithful dog and an unrequited yearning for his teenage sweetheart Angie Everson. Now in his last year at school, he's finally caught her eye by starring in a teacher-baiting panto. Dreams are already taking shape of a career in entertainment, perhaps with Angie by his side. All he's got to do is pass his exams, get to uni and keep away from Gina Wood, that weird girl who once let him touch her....
Dave Franklin's anthology follows the darkly comic fortunes of three journalists.
Marty's not happy. He's 28 years old, living in a Welsh town he hates, doing a job he's lost interest in, and so bored he can't even be bothered with sex. But emigration's round the corner and a new life beckons in Australia. It's also a chance to get away from the crappy Welsh weather and his idiotic mates, the loveable loser Mike, and the ultra-macho Wasp Boy. Maybe he'll even meet an exquisite girl like his Doctor Who heroine, Sarah Jane Smith, and live happily ever after... Looking for Sarah Jane Smith - for anyone who's ever suspected that life might just be a bit rubbish.
A van driver with abduction and murder on his mind. An 11-year-old girl snatched on her way home from ballet. A tortured reporter, happy to use her death and the terrifying reign of a child killer to help make his name. To Dare a Future - We all have black thoughts. It's just some of us act on them.
'Don't you realise you can get by without other people? They're the ones who make you sad. They're the ones who let you down, who disappoint you. And a troubled heart's such a chore.'
Every year, thousands of people travel to faraway lands to to teach English as a foreign language. The fools. One such expat is Paul Taylor, a heartbroken Aussie looking for a fresh start in a South Korean classroom. The lack of training isn't much of a help, but it's the baffling natives and unhinged flatmates that really start to convince him he's crash-landed in another galaxy.
About the Author
David Franklin was born in 1971 and educated at Cardiff University, but now lives in Brisbane. He has won absolutely no awards for anything.
We're lucky enough to be able to give away 3 copies of Dave Franklin's new book - Girls Like Funny Boys (courtesy of Dave himself).
If you'd like to enter the draw - please drop me a line at kc at saki dot com dot au
I'll use the time honoured method of putting everyone's name on a bit of paper, chucking them up in the air and get the 3 dogs here to pluck a name out each. Odd undoubtedly - but effective.
I like Dave Franklin's stream of conscious rant novels. Highly entertaining.
And then he writes GIRLS LIKE FUNNY BOYS and it's not a rant novel.