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Issue Details: First known date: 2011 2011
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8 States of Catastrophe takes us on a journey through the Australian continent, exposing snapshots of lives both separate and delicately connected. Mysterious coincidences and a series of catastrophes accompany an ex-journalist and his faithful dog as they twist their way around the continent in this unashamedly Australian novel.

From the political fringes of Canberra to the northern beaches of New South Wales, and into the outback of Queensland (where a mysterious oasis exists on the edge of reality), the story trains an unwavering lens on lives catastrophically altered.

In places as diverse as a West Australian wheat belt town and suburban St Kilda, our trip guides MV (a motorcycle-riding psychic poet) and Rider (his old black Labrador), introduces us to an eclectic cast: Daniella of the nine lines; Ninette, the Keeper of Secrets; Anjellica, a talk-show host lured back to Melbourne from Chicago, and her charismatic chairman-of-the-Melbourne-Football-Club boyfriend, and Carmel whose childhood was a breeding ground for murderous revenge.

Lives intersect, and loss and love collide in this intricate web of humanity.' (Publisher's blurb)


  • Dedication:

    8 States of Catastrophe
    is dedicated - with love and gratitude - to
    my dear Mummy (for bringing me UP)
    my knight Gary (for putting UP with me)
    the centre of the universe Dylan (for making me grow UP)
    ant the Friday night Fun Factory (for keeping my spirits UP)
  • Author's note: In loving memory of Thor

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Last amended 28 Jun 2011
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,
  • St Kilda, Caulfield - St Kilda area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,
  • Australian Outback, Central Australia,
  • Queensland,
  • Western Australia,
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