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This is an auction for REDBACK by Howard Jacobson.

"G'day, sport. Jacobson (Coming from Behind, Peeping Tom can be as funny as a drenched drongo, jes' the kind of Pommie we in Owstriylia love. His story of the conversion of Karl Leon (pronounced "Leeorhn") Forelock, Cambridge University grad in Moral Decencies, is a good example. The daft dingo was born in Partington ("there are corners of the Earth that God appears to have . . . washed His hands of altogether") and is recruited in the early '60s by a Jesuit priest to go Down Under for the CIA. Leeorhn (a member of the "intellectual 'right' ") is to save Owstriylia from "drugs, pornography . . . and the little yellow devils from the north." In the late '70s, following a decade of almost-married domesticity with a pair of synchronized swimmers, he ends up in a feminist camp in the outback named after the daughter of Spring, for whom the warmth of mortal passion is fatal. It's here that he is bitten "where no man can be indifferent to a bite" by a female Redback spider, causing him "three weeks of unshrinking verticality." What's worse, the symptoms of the bite annually recur, turning Leeorhn into a raving leftist radical. In artfully using the seemingly artless to satirize the prurient, this book would make Swift proud."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 1986..

314 pages.

Very good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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