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.
Stories worth telling
Appearances can be deceptive, as they are with most people. On the surface I appear to be quite normal, a functioning human being doing what functioning human beings do. “You’re looking good” is what people say.read more
An article written for the May 2017 Brain Tumour Alliance newsletter.read more
What was meant to be an evening of conviviality amongst friends and acquaintances amidst the deep furnishings, large squashy cushions, paintings and dark woollen wall hangings from Turkey in the living room lined by book shelves containing manuscripts and novels, texts and biographies of those who pleaded to have their stories told, along with the red wines and cheeses of the local providors for measured complimentary consumption and the lives of those living their tangents of intellectual depth and meaning, their day jobs ranging from sitting in cubicles muttering onto spreadsheets, to manual realities sprung from twenty years of schooling to finally be put on the day shift, turned into something else when a randomly chosen line from a randomly chosen page from a randomly chosen book pulled from the shelf behind them somehow turned this gathering of like minds into a sirocco of subdued antipathy and enveloping rage.read more
Six months on from surgery and my life is still a struggle. I still feel useless, although I do try and make myself useful. I have perhaps 40% use of my left arm, gripping and holding things is the main problem, I still have double vision in my right eye and I am unstable on my feet.read more
This week, no fewer than 8 people have said to me, “it’s been a really tough year”, and then gone onto say, “and I know it’s been an especially difficult one for you”.read more
I didn’t think I’d be so physically incapacitated. Or put another way, sometimes it’s better not to have full knowledge of the consequences of major surgery, it can lead to pre and post-operative despondency.read more
“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.