Graham Reilly emigrated from Glasgow to Melbourne with his family when he was 13. At different times he has worked as a cook, a truck washer and a maintenance man in an abattoir, but for the last 20 years he has been a journalist, mostly with The Age. Graham wrote his first two novels while living in Vietnam with his wife - Saigon Tea is a comedic tale that crosses from Glasgow to Melbourne to Saigon and back again; Sweet Time is a humorous exploration of Melbourne in the late 1960s when soccer challenged the dominant sport of Aussie rules. Graham's latest novel, Five Oranges, returns to the characters from Saigon Tea as they holiday in Australia and brave the Vietnamese underworld.
Freshly removed from the Catholic clergy, Douglas Fairbanks leaves Glasgow looking for a fresh start with his new wife Kirstin. What they find on arrival in Melbourne's western suburbs in 1969 is an eclectic group of fellow immigrants who all volunteer to join Douglas's scheme to set up a brand new soccer club.