y Figurehead single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'What if you saved a man's life and he went on to play a leading role in one of the bloodiest revolutions of modern times?

Ted Whittlemore, a radical Australian journalist, does just that. In the late '60s, he saves Nhem Kiry, soon to become known as "Pol Pot's mouthpiece". The consequences haunt him for the rest of his days. When the Khmer Rouge take power in Cambodia, Whittlemore watches, fascinated and horrified, as the ideals he holds dear are translated into unfathomable violence. In the intervening decades, as he tries to make sense of what went wrong, it is as if Kiry's life has become intertwined with his own.

In this gripping novel, Patrick Allington takes readers deep into the world of power politics and agents of influence. He enters the worlds of Nhem Kiry and Ted Whittlemore, and with humour, intelligence and an unfailing moral sense, brings them to life.

Figurehead is about guilt and memory, and the awful distance that separates dreams from reality. It is about those people who, as George Orwell said, are "always somewhere else when the trigger is pulled"'. (From the publisher's website.)

Notes

  • Dedication: To Zoe. And to Douglas Allington, Jan Carpenter, Lisa Allington & Matt Allington.
  • Epigraph: Trapped in the side-wheel of a ferryboat, saving himself from drowning only by walking, then desperately running, inside the accelerating wheel like a squirrel in a cage, his only real concern was, obviously, to keep his hat on. -James Agee on Buster Keaton
  • Includes author's note.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Inc. , 2009 .
      Extent: 239p.
      ISBN: 9781863954365 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

The Athens of the South Alison Broinowski , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adelaide : A Literary City 2014; (p. 147-161)
A World Without Books – Or Kindle? Words Simply Fail Me Peter Goers , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 November vol. 17 November no. 2013; (p. 86)
Novice in the Company of Literary Stars Deborah Bogle , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 March 2010; (p. 15)
A Healthy Diversity James Ley , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 198 2010; (p. 34-38)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel ; Spiel : A Novel David Sornig 2003 single work novel ; Swimming : A Novel Enza Gandolfo 2004 single work novel ; The Danger Game Kalinda Ashton 2008 single work novel
The Interview : Patrick Allington Susan Errington (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Wet Ink , June no. 19 2010; (p. 28-32)
Blood on the Tracks Geordie Williamson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 July 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 July 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Idealism Dies in an Unreal World Conrad Walters , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 July 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 July 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Untitled Robert Lumsden , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , August no. 354 2009; (p. 40)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
A Sting in the Betrayal Stella Clarke , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 4 no. 7 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of Document Z Andrew Croome 2008 single work novel ; Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Absurdist Style Mutes the Khmer Tragedy Diane Stubbings , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 August 2009; (p. 13)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Untitled Joy Lawn , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 88 no. 9 2009; (p. 35)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Men Behaving Badly Alison Broinowski , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 315 2009; (p. 49)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Untitled Heather Taylor Johnson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Wet Ink , December no. 17 2009; (p. 53-54)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Blood on the Tracks Geordie Williamson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 July 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 July 2009; (p. 24)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Idealism Dies in an Unreal World Conrad Walters , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 25-26 July 2009; (p. 33)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 July 2009; (p. 18)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Untitled Robert Lumsden , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , August no. 354 2009; (p. 40)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
A Sting in the Betrayal Stella Clarke , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 4 no. 7 2009; (p. 20)

— Review of Document Z Andrew Croome 2008 single work novel ; Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Absurdist Style Mutes the Khmer Tragedy Diane Stubbings , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 15 August 2009; (p. 13)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Untitled Joy Lawn , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 88 no. 9 2009; (p. 35)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Men Behaving Badly Alison Broinowski , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 315 2009; (p. 49)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
Untitled Heather Taylor Johnson , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Wet Ink , December no. 17 2009; (p. 53-54)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel
A Healthy Diversity James Ley , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 198 2010; (p. 34-38)

— Review of Figurehead Patrick Allington 2009 single work novel ; Spiel : A Novel David Sornig 2003 single work novel ; Swimming : A Novel Enza Gandolfo 2004 single work novel ; The Danger Game Kalinda Ashton 2008 single work novel
Novice in the Company of Literary Stars Deborah Bogle , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 March 2010; (p. 15)
The Interview : Patrick Allington Susan Errington (interviewer), 2010 single work interview
— Appears in: Wet Ink , June no. 19 2010; (p. 28-32)
A World Without Books – Or Kindle? Words Simply Fail Me Peter Goers , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 November vol. 17 November no. 2013; (p. 86)
The Athens of the South Alison Broinowski , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Adelaide : A Literary City 2014; (p. 147-161)
Last amended 17 Mar 2010 09:18:28
Subjects:
  • c
    Cambodia,
    c
    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Settings:
  • 1960s
  • 1970s
  • 1990s
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