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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 The Last Pulse
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'A blackly funny novel about an unlikely hero, and his misadventures on the flood he has created.

'In the drought-stricken Riverland town of Bartel in South Australia, after the suicide of his wife, Merv Rossiter steals a boat. He trucks north with his eight-year-old-daughter Em into Queensland. There he blows up the dam at Waroo Station, releasing a flood through outback New South Wales into South Australia.

'As the authorities search for them, Merv and Em ride the flood south in their stolen boat, rescuing a Queensland Minister from the water, and then a young blackfella who fancies he sang the river to life all by himself.

'Meanwhile, in Canberra, the political flotsam carried by Merv's renegade ocean brings the Federal Government to its knees.

'The Last Pulse is the story of the last flood that will ever flow down the inland artery that was the Darling River. The stream is broken now and the agriculture and lives of South Australians have been appropriated with the water by a people a thousand kilometres to the north.

'Throughout their misadventures on his flood, Merv promises his daughter they will be heroes in South Australia, and that they are sailing towards victory parades and happiness. The other crewmembers, however, know he is heading towards a violent reckoning with Australia itself.

'Blackly humorous, poignant, timely, The Last Pulse is Anson Cameron's finest work to date.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House Australia , 2014 .
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      Extent: 288p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 December 2014
      ISBN: 9780857984982

Works about this Work

A Zestful Romp through the Suspenseful and Serious Lyn Jacobs , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 29 no. 2 2015; (p. 489-491)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel
Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
Review : The Last Pulse Catriona Menzies-Pike , 2015 single work
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 371 2015; (p. 31-32)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 January 2015; (p. 24)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel ; Merciless Gods Christos Tsiolkas , 2014 selected work short story
A Domestic Terrorist with a Lovable Larrikin Streak Ed Wright , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 January 2015; (p. 14-15)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel
Tall Tales and Clear Water as the Dammed Set Sail Peter Pierce , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 November 2014; (p. 30)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel
A Domestic Terrorist with a Lovable Larrikin Streak Ed Wright , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 January 2015; (p. 14-15)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel
Anson Cameron - The Last Pulse 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 29 November- 5 December 2014; (p. 22)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 17 January 2015; (p. 24)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel ; Merciless Gods Christos Tsiolkas , 2014 selected work short story
Review : The Last Pulse Catriona Menzies-Pike , 2015 single work
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 371 2015; (p. 31-32)

— Review of The Last Pulse Anson Cameron , 2014 single work novel
Best Reads – End of Story Deborah Bogle , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 20 December 2015; (p. 24)
Last amended 1 Dec 2014 15:51:48
Subjects:
  • South Australia,
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,
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