By Peter Carey

“This is a fabulously idiosyncratic small masterpiece ... it’s so strong it takes your breath away.”—Times (UK)

After dwelling in another country for years, novelist Peter Carey returns domestic to Sydney and makes an attempt to seize its personality. looking assistance from his previous buddies, Carey is quickly drawn into their unusual, anarchic worlds, each orbiting where he has get back to work out. the result's a wild and beautiful trip of discovery and rediscovery as bracing because the southerly bluster that usually batters Sydney’s shorelines. recognized points of interest akin to Bondi seashore, the Opera condo, the Harbour Bridge and the Blue Mountains all tackle an odd new depth while uncovered to the penetrating gaze of the writer and his friends.

30 Days in Sydney bargains the reader a fascinating glimpse in the back of the facades and the Venetian blinds of the city.

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Frank took a deep breath and sighed. Time to get up. Sue was still asleep. He felt an impulse to lean over and give her a kiss. Better not do that or you' 11 wake her up. You know how little sleep she got last night with her insomnia. She'll be in a really bad mood you wake her up now. free morning? If I don't at least kiss her or hug her, she will be resenting me all day long. Boy; you have a problem, Frank. All you do is try to jlgure out how to avoid aggravating her. You don't really love her or you wouldn't be so con· cerned about being a nice guy.

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