You are about to do something you have never done before. You are about to read a poem 264 pages long. "As you read the first few pages, you will discover this is unlike any poem you have ever read. Before you know it, you will have read the first fifty pages or more, and you will find yourself unable to stop. "You will encounter things that you never expected to find in a poem - a missing person enquiry, a tough streetwise P.I. named Jill Fitzpatrick, cars that go out of control on mountain roads, murder, deception and an unforgettable femme fatale.
There is a serial child killer stalking the streets of Melbourne.
The victims are killed gently, lovingly, a gold mark traced on their forehead.
This killer doesn't hate children. This killer believes in childhood innocence at any cost.
Unflinching and morally uncompromising, El Dorado is the story of a friendship under siege, and the very long shadows that jealousy and betrayal can cast. It is both a complex thriller and a compelling reading experience from Australia's maverick and most versatile poet.
About the Author
Dorothy Porter was born in 1954 and grew up in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. She later attended the University of Sydney and taught creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. Sadly Dorothy has now died.
The Monkey's Mask won the Age Book of the Year for Poetry, the National Book Council Award for Poetry and the Braille Book of the Year. It has been adapted for stage and radio and film. The book has been widely translated and published overseas. What a Piece of Work and Wild Surmise were both shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award.
Blurb from the book
Radio National's Bookshow first announced, and a story has just been aired on ABC Radio's The World Today Show - Dorothy Porter died from breast cancer this morning.
A profound loss to the Australian literary community, and to the cause of poetry the world over, Dorothy was one of those women that, if you were lucky enough to hear her speak, made you profoundly jealous of anybody fortunate enough to have been a student of hers.
The shortlist for the inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Awards has been announced and there are 14 in total, fiction and non-fiction.
The awards are one of Australia's richest, with the winner of each category receiving $100,000.
Mr Rudd's decision is expected to be announced next month, as he will make the final decision, after advise from a six-member judging panel.
Unless you've been ignoring my ramblings, you may not be aware of how blown away I was by El Dorado. I doubt it's a book I will forget in a long long time - luckily. I also haven't put it away on the shelves - it sits where I can pick it up occasionally and re-read a little bit. It's a stunningly good book. And himself recently read it - after Dorothy's session at the Crime & Justice Festival, he started reading the book in between sessions, and promptly finished it in the following
The second session we attended on Saturday was Crime and Verse - Dorothy Porter talking to Jason Steger. Some of you may remember my stunned amazement at the joy of El Dorado - Dorothy's second crime based verse novel - at MWF last year. I'm still quietly raving about that book to anybody who will stand still for more than 10 minutes - and, as an aside, I've got to say I'm rather chuffed that after this session himself has started reading the book. SEE - I TOLD YOU IT WAS BLOODY GOOD!