Good Reading : December 2017
ME MY SHELF I – tissues, dental floss. I’ve even tried to use the cat’s tail, which was a fail, because I kept losing my place. What do you think Aunty Jack would like to read? Pugilism for the Older Woman, but her favourite would be Arm Removals without Gas! Your memoir, Jack of All Trades, Mistress of One, came out in 2011. Are there any memoirs by other people you’ve enjoyed? I loved Errol Flynn’s memoir, My Wicked, Wicked Ways. It inspired me to write the TV show Flash Nick from Jindavick in 1975, and 10 years later I wrote the ‘Flynn’ musical Captain Bloody. What sparked your leap into fiction with The Great Pink Hunter? The wonderful opportunity to self-publish. I never realised that it was so simple to divest oneself of superannuation so quickly. You recently said that your book started out as a novel, but in the interim, fiction has been trumped by fact. What do you mean by this statement? In just four years the world has come under the control of fools and buffoons. My storyline reveals what can happen when a philistine is allowed to run roughshod o an unsuspecting community. The book is inspired in part by y wide travels. What are the most signif places you visited in terms of influencing the novel? Did any experiences or anec from your travels make their way in The Great Pink Hunter? The novel is a collage of many different experiences, from South-East Asia to the Middle East and even to the backblocks of Papua New Guinea, all served up with a large dollop of fantasy and fiction. I can ne erase the memory of being urinated on b Y 2018 13 V t p t c c Vietnamese pig or having a handgun thrust into my face by a New Guinea police officer dressed in regulation thongs and footy shorts. Can you tell us about your character Kevin Hunter? Kevin is a concoction of numerous characters and bastards I met and worked with in the advertising industry. If given the opportunity to host a – ican a dinner party and invite six guests – alive, deceased or fictional – who would they be? C Charles Chaplin. Spike Milligan. Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore. American comedian Rita Rudner, who once said of Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, ‘It must have been beautiful before the fire!’ And Donald Trump’s gag writer. The Great Pink Hunter: Outrageous tales of life in the advertising jungle by Grahame Bond, rrp $29.99. Clockwise from top: s Chaplin, e Milligan, r Cooke, ey Moore, a Rudner, d Trump’s g writer.