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Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 The True Story of Butterfish
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'''I'm not about to attack," she said. She smirked with one side of her mouth and looked up at me through the black spray of her fringe. Her eyes were dark and already she was playing some kind of game with me, or that's how it seemed. Her voice was a little deeper and huskier than I might have expected, so her last line had come out with a hint of something that might have been menace or even seductiveness or just a pitch at adult banter. Whatever it was, it stuck with me and it punctuated the moment and it didn't feel quite right for a conversation with a schoolgirl on my doorstep."

With his chart-topping band, Butterfish, Curtis Holland lived the cliched rock dream. Residing in hotels and recording studios, travelling in custom-built buses, he got married after a soundcheck in a wedding chapel in Nevada and barely noticed when his wife left him in Louisville.

But no dream lasts forever.

'When Annaliese Winter walks down Curtis Holland's front path, he's ill-prepared for a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl who's a confounding mixture of adult and child.

He's back in Brisbane trying to build a life and he is not used to having a neighbour at all. So when Curtis receives an invitation to dinner from Annaliese's mother, Kate, he is surprised when he not only accepts but finds himself being drawn to this remarkably unremarkable family. Even to fifteen-year-old Mark who is at war with his own surging adolescence.

Curtis soon realises that with Kate divorced, Annaliese and Mark need a male role model in their lives, but it's hard for him to help when he's just starting to grow up himself and harder still when Annaliese begins to show an interest in him that is less than filial.' (Publisher's blurb)

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  • Chosen as the July 2009 selection of The Courier-Mail Big Book Club.

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 , 2009 .
      Extent: 280p.
      Reprinted: 2010
      ISBN: 9781741666335 (pbk.), 9781741666342 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Page Turners Gillian Dooley , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , January no. 359 2010; (p. 27)
Decker Wins Inaugural Random House Book Video Awards 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , October vol. 89 no. 3 2009; (p. 9)
The Reluctant Lad Melanie Barton (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 88 no. 9 2009; (p. 48)
Untitled Melanie Barton , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 88 no. 9 2009; (p. 37)

— Review of The True Story of Butterfish Nick Earls , 2009 single work novel
Element of Truth in Novel Glen Humphries , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Illawarra Mercury , 11 July 2009; (p. 20)
Turning an Ear to the Music of Despair Emma Young , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 4 July 2009; (p. 29)

— Review of The True Story of Butterfish Nick Earls , 2009 single work novel
Fiction Books Cheryl Jorgensen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 July 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The True Story of Butterfish Nick Earls , 2009 single work novel
There's Music in the Words Fiona Purdon , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 4 - 5 July 2009; (p. 25)

— Review of The True Story of Butterfish Nick Earls , 2009 single work novel
Muddled Blokes All Grown Up Nigel Krauth , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 11-12 July 2009; (p. 10-11)

— Review of The True Story of Butterfish Nick Earls , 2009 single work novel
From Celebrity to Suburbia Emma Young , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11-12 July 2009; (p. 30)

— Review of The True Story of Butterfish Nick Earls , 2009 single work novel
The Oscars of the Book World Brett Osmond , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , March vol. 88 no. 6 2009; (p. 27)
Brett Osmond reports on a new scheme instituted by Random House - the Australian Book Video Awards. Film students are invited to produce 20-second book 'trailers' on nominated titles; the winning videos will be screened in Dymocks Bookstores.
The Collector Russell Shakespeare , 2009 single work essay
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 27-28 June 2009; (p. 12-16)
'After more than a dozen novels, there is so much of Brisbane in Nick Earl's fiction that it's hard to know where he draws the line between fact and fantasy. Or crosses it...'
I'm with the Band...in a Novel Way Kylie Northover , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 14 July 2009; (p. 18)
Element of Truth in Novel Glen Humphries , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Illawarra Mercury , 11 July 2009; (p. 20)
The Reluctant Lad Melanie Barton (interviewer), 2009 single work interview
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 88 no. 9 2009; (p. 48)
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