Weiss describes her time spent on Iama Island after having accepted an invitation by the Island Rangers to document on film their dugong and turtle management programme. Her exposure to Torres Strait Island life, culture and attitudes prompts an introspective reflection on her own family experience and values.
David Delaney describes an episode of boyhood antics recalled from his time growing up in Brisbane. Warned by a Greek neighbour not to steal the mangoes off his tree, David, his brother, and a friend find themselves in an awkward situation when they ignore the warning.
Jason and Drew had been best mates for nearly ten years, since the ninth grade. A game of golf, lots of beer, a bonfire, packs of cigarettes and a lot of nonsense conversation added up to a great time for them - a couple of meat pies was all that was needed to perfect the night. However, the late night drive to buy them has disastrous consequences.
Cheryl Taylor discusses seven female writers who were inspired by and wrote about North Queensland. She concludes, in part, that 'the flower authors see tropical Queensland as a place of liberation for women.... where young female characters assert an identity freed from parental or marital restrictions'.
Examines the often-overlooked array of short stories published in 'non-nationalist, lower brow, mainstream publications which have also played a formative role in Australian writing and culture', with a focus on the publications in Man during the interwar years.
Jean-Francois Vernay finds the core event of the novel, an adult slapping an unruly child at a party, to be too flimsy to sustain the novel's 488 pages. With Tsiolkas's style in this novel seemingly informed by 'soap opera culture' spiced up with unconvincing 'slap and tickle scenes', Vernay suggests that readers who have enjoyed his previous works should 'slap the book on the table and eagerly wait for the next one'.