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Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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  • An 'intended ... trilogy'.

    Source: Peter Pierce, 'A Posting of Last Resort', The Canberra Times (28 July 2012) : Panorama, 21.


y To the Highlands Jon Doust , North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2012 Z1876836 2012 single work novel 'It is 1968 and all around the world people are marching, protesting, and fighting for freedom. Jack Muir arrives in Papua New Guinea a failure, a virgin, and a reluctant employee of the Colonial Bank of Australia. Life in the islands is raw, sensuous, and real. Here, the white man takes what he wants, but the veneer of whiteness is flimsy, and brutality never far from the surface. This gripping and disturbing sequel to Boy on a Wire demonstrates that there is a world of difference between freedom and those things you unleash in others—and in yourself.' (Trove record)
y Boy On A Wire Jon Doust , North Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2009 Z1571683 2009 single work novel

'In the boarding house it doesn't matter who hit you first, or if they miss-hit, you have to get them back. It's kid against kid, dog against dog. We all have rabies. We all have pinks disease. We're all foaming at the mouth. Tit for tat, the strong rule the weak, the weak cry. Only those who can find the mean streak in them survive. I'm a survivor. Briggsy taught me that. If you're weak, unspeakable things happen to you. The bastards won't get me.

It is the 1960s in Perth, Western Australia. For Thomas Muir - cool and steady - life is a thing that goes on outside him. But for his brother, hot-headed Jack - believer in honesty and justice - life must be wrestled to be understood.

Jack Muir's years of survival and his coming of age in a boys' boarding school are sharply revealed in this dislocated memoir. Jack's story is funny and raw. It will strike a nerve in those who were there - and in anyone who has ever asked how it is that one becomes a man.' (Publisher's blurb)

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First known date: 2009
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