Kathmandu Orphanage

Marty Culhane has lost his girlfriend Tilda and their new born child in a collision with a long haul truck on an Australian country road.

Things are not working out as planned.

It’s a kaleidoscope of witty and strange characters at odds with their world, it’s a tragedy, an allegory, and an escape plan. It’s a meditation on what to do when things go wrong.

A NOVEL

Marty Culhane has lost his girlfriend Tilda and their new born child in a collision with a long haul truck on an Australian country road.

Things are not working out as planned.

It’s a kaleidoscope of witty and strange characters at odds with their world, it’s a tragedy, an allegory, and an escape plan. It’s a meditation on what to do when things go wrong.

Stories from the road

Floyd Collins

Floyd Collins sat on the hood of his Dodge putting on his walking shoes. The “hood” is a much more appropriate name to describe the flap that opens up to the engine than what the English would refer to as the “bonnet”, which is what you put on the head of a one year old English girl who’ll grow up to marry a gentleman of the aristocracy. Besides, it’s an American car; Floyd has maintained the original left hand drive and it drives like an American car should, all muscle and energy and James Dean swagger with the packet of Lucky Strikes under the turned up sleeve on the t-shirt.

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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.