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'A hotel as a work of art in little ol' Mangowak? It was about as unlikely as an indoor creek.'
Robbed of his zest for life by the absurd innovations of his local council, including knocking down the only pub in his beloved home town and roofing over a section of the creek to protect swimmers from the rain, artist Noel Lea exiles himself in the hills above Mangowak, on the southwest Victorian coast. He returns to find an unexpected destiny awaits. At a turning point in the town's history it seems he has a crucial role to play, as the unlikely publican of an even unlikelier hotel.
This is a novel about an Australian pub twenty-first-century style, where the toilets play automated Dadaist recordings, Happy Hour comes with a blessing from the Pope and the patrons' libidos are as voracious as their thirst for the local ale. As events in the hotel take a twist that not even its inventive publican could have imagined, a long-held local mystery begins finally to unravel. Noel and his friends find themselves in uncharted territory, and, to make matters worse, the local authorities are hell-bent on closing them down.
From the award-winning author of The Patron Saint of Eels and Ron McCoy's Sea of Diamonds, Gregory Day's third novel is a witty, earthy and lyrical tour de force that takes some well-aimed swipes at the aspirations and absurdities of contemporary life. (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Jamesie in the future, and Dazza in the past.
  • Epigraph: 'I was born very young in a very old world' -Erik Satie
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

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 , 2010 .
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      Extent: 468p.
      ISBN: 9781741669732 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

The Year's Work in Fiction : 2010-2011 David Whish-Wilson , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , July vol. 56 no. 1 2011; (p. 167-188)

— Review of Equator : A Novel Wayne Ashton , 2010 single work novel ; Rocks in the Belly Jon Bauer , 2010 single work novel ; Traitor Stephen Daisley , 2010 single work novel ; The Vintage and the Gleaning Jeremy Chambers , 2008 single work novel ; The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel ; What Is Left Over, After Natasha Lester , 2008 single work novel ; The Best Australian Stories 2010 2010 anthology short story extract ; Five Bells Gail Jones , 2011 single work novel ; The Mary Smokes Boys Patrick Holland , 2010 single work novel ; Glissando : A Melodrama David Musgrave , 2010 single work novel ; Below the Styx Michael Meehan , 2010 single work novel ; Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel ; When Colts Ran Roger McDonald , 2010 single work novel ; Bereft Chris Womersley , 2010 single work novel ; Time's Long Ruin : A Novel Stephen Orr , 2008 single work novel ; The Legacy Kirsten Tranter , 2010 single work novel ; That Deadman Dance Kim Scott , 2010 single work novel
Bookmarks Jason Steger , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 May 2011; (p. 34)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on a 'life imitating art' incident relating to Gregory Day's The Grand Hotel. Jason Steger also notes the forthcoming publication and Jane Clifton's The Address Book.
Mangowak Refines the Art of Resitance Emma Young , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 September 2010; (p. 40)

— Review of The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel
Lost in the Crowd Stella Clarke , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , August vol. 5 no. 7 2010; (p. 19)

— Review of The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel ; Speak to Me Sarah Hopkins , 2010 single work novel ; Trust Kate Veitch , 2010 single work novel ; Indelible Ink Fiona McGregor , 2010 single work novel
Well Read Katharine England , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 24 July 2010; (p. 28)

— Review of The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel ; Kindling Darren Groth , 2010 single work novel
Grand Capers Diane Stubbings , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 June 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel
Cover Notes Lucy Sussex , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 11 July 2010; (p. 21)

— Review of My Dirty Shiny Life Lily Bragge , 2010 single work autobiography ; The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel
Magic in the Grand Hotel Cheryl Jorgensen , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , July-August no. 323 2010; (p. 38)

— Review of The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel
Untitled B. Owen Baxter , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , July vol. 89 no. 9 2010; (p. 35)

— Review of The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel
A Round of Drinks and Dada Peter Pierce , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 31 July 2010; (p. 23)

— Review of The Grand Hotel : A Novel Gregory Day , 2010 single work novel
Such a Life, an Ode to Australia Jane Sullivan , 2010 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 10 July 2010; (p. 24-25) The Sydney Morning Herald , 31 July - 1 August 2010; (p. 34-35)
Bookmarks Jason Steger , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 14 May 2011; (p. 34)
A column canvassing current literary news including a report on a 'life imitating art' incident relating to Gregory Day's The Grand Hotel. Jason Steger also notes the forthcoming publication and Jane Clifton's The Address Book.
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