THE NOVEL

An allegory, a tragedy, a meditation on the definition of success and failure.

Marty Culhane is heading out of town, he’s escaping to London. He has lost his girlfriend Tilda and their new born child in a collision with a long haul truck on an Australian country road, on their way to show the new born to Tilda’s parents.

There are road ghosts, amphetamines, careers on the slide, families not getting on and through all that, people trying to make good. Collisions everywhere, not just on the road.

Other than that, there are other things here that might interest you.

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Colin Birtles is stuck in traffic, or more to the point, stuck in his car, in a queue, at a service station, idling his engine, with other unfortunates, in traffic, victims all of a garish advertising sign offering a fuel price discount, pock marked on the side of the road, with all the other pock marks, blathering the health benefits of Gatorade, the communication benefits of a mobile phone, or the freedom offered by the latest Jeep.

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Reader Reviews

My first response is to say, "It's a great Aussie yarn!" and yet it is so much more. We anticipated a story about a car accident but discovered again, so much more. With his elegant style, Steve brings a community to life on Australian soil. It has a 1970's or 1980's...

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The Boy with the Broken Arm

One wet, cold September night some years ago now, a boy was born. It was late, his father, a veterinary surgeon, was out tending to another birth, a cow, in a time when it was hardly expected that a father would be in attendance for the birth of his child, he would be much more likely to be asleep, or having drinks with friends, than with his wife about to give birth.

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“Collision” is now available on eBook & real Book

Marty Culhane is heading out of town. He has lost his girlfriend Tilda and their new born child in a collision with a long haul truck on an Australian country road, on their way to show the new born to Tilda’s parents. He escapes to London. Things are not working out as planned. He decides to return to Australia with a crazy idea, he decides that he will confront the truck driver. While this is happening, his brother, Fergus, returns with his family from a holiday, to discover his successful corporate career at a crossroads, a boss who no longer feels the need to rely on him, and his son Toby, who he had predestined for sporting glory, with constant headaches that threaten every version of his own predetermined plan. There are road ghosts, amphetamines, careers on the slide, families not getting on and through all that, people trying to make good. It’s part allegory, part tragedy but mostly it’s a story of people attempting to come to terms with plans that don’t quite work out, attempting to resolve conflicts with each other and discovering fresh starts.