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y Attempts to Draw Jesus single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2002 2002
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Shortlisted in The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Attempts to Draw Jesus follows the lives of two teenage boys in the Australian outback, the track they lose and the mark they leave behind.

'Set against a red desert landscape, Attempts to Draw Jesus follows the lives of two teenagers in unfamiliar surroundings.

'In his gran's day, jobs weren't a problem. But when Jack Alber gets laid off from the local servo there aren't many options. He's only seventeen and in his small town there is only the need for one chemist and one butcher.

'And from his scribblings in his journal, it's evident that Clive 'Rolly' Rollins is more interested in observing life than living it. He earns his dole by applying for jobs he doesn't want, dreaming away his days in Adelaide's city streets, strolling, watching and writing.

'Jack's and Rolly's fates are changed irrevocably when they both answer an ad to work as jackaroos for a remote outback station. The Simpson Desert will allow both to prove something to themselves and to their families and friends. A landscape of endless Mitchell grass and gibber plains will provide experiences they'd never find back home. But all it takes to change their world is one wrong turn.

'Attempts to Draw Jesus is a fresh, contemporary novel, rich with honesty and a distinctive insight into young lives.' (Publication summary)

Notes

  • This novel is based on a play which the author wrote and directed in 1993.
  • Other formats: Also braille.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Crows Nest, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Allen and Unwin , 2002 .
      5847782319631599827.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 366p.
      Note/s:
      • Published August 2002
      ISBN: 1865086185 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Untitled Jennifer Riggs , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 17 no. 1 2003; (p. 30)

— Review of Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Searching for Answers Chris Brice , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 August 2002; (p. 11)
Long Dry Trek of the Soul Liam Davison , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 August 2002; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Paperbacks Ian McFarlane , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 8 September 2002; (p. 22)

— Review of Jazz Tango Tracy Ryan 2002 single work novel ; The White Body of Evening Andrew McCann 2002 single work novel ; Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Narratives for Stark Landscapes Lesley Chow , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 September 2002; (p. 9)

— Review of Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel ; Above the Water Margaret Bearman 2002 single work novel
An Inner Desert Bernard Zuel , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 September 2002; (p. 12)

— Review of Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Playing the Game Michael Williams , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 245 2002; (p. 51-52)

— Review of The Greek Liar Nikos Athanasou 2002 single work novel ; Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Untitled Jennifer Riggs , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 17 no. 1 2003; (p. 30)

— Review of Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Long Dry Trek of the Soul Liam Davison , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 August 2002; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Paperbacks Ian McFarlane , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 8 September 2002; (p. 22)

— Review of Jazz Tango Tracy Ryan 2002 single work novel ; The White Body of Evening Andrew McCann 2002 single work novel ; Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Narratives for Stark Landscapes Lesley Chow , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 21 September 2002; (p. 9)

— Review of Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel ; Above the Water Margaret Bearman 2002 single work novel
An Inner Desert Bernard Zuel , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 September 2002; (p. 12)

— Review of Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Playing the Game Michael Williams , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 245 2002; (p. 51-52)

— Review of The Greek Liar Nikos Athanasou 2002 single work novel ; Attempts to Draw Jesus Stephen Orr 2002 single work novel
Searching for Answers Chris Brice , 2002 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 August 2002; (p. 11)
Last amended 3 Jul 2015 08:02:32
Settings:
  • Simpson Desert, Far North South Australia, South Australia,
  • Australian Outback, Central Australia,
  • Adelaide, South Australia,
  • Jamestown, Hallett - Jamestown - Peterborough - Orroroo area, Mid North South Australia, South Australia,
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