NEW TALKING POINT
MANDURAH is again at the centre of the latest caper in the Pelican Point series.
Pelican Point 9: Fandango is out this month.
Central to author Graeme Bond’s new adventure is Tom Mornington, a local cray fisherman and washed up World War II spy who lives in a beach house crafted from salvaged shipwrecks in the 1970s.
In Pelican Point 9, Mornington tries to liaise with his everabsent wife Sue, also a former spy, who is constantly on the run from assassins, to consummate their marriage with a honeymoon.
Among the characters is artist Po Hart, dubbed Slim Dusty with a cannon, and actor Kirk Douglas, who plays Vincent van Gogh in the movie Lust for Life.
Locations include Mandurah, Dwellingup, Holland, Argentina and a former artists’ colony called Dunmoochin. The Australian Navy at Garden Island is also called into action.
This year is a milestone year for Mandurah publishing imprint Birdsong Print – its Peel titles include WA fiction, art coffee table pictorials and screen plays.
Bond is a full-time writer and art illustrator who has lived in Mandurah for about 30 years.
Left: The cover features a painting from the Peel Heritage Art Collection of Cooper’s Mill on the Murray. Right: One of the historic paintings in the book features Mandurah Terrace.