The Courier-Mail

Earls’ latest tale sure has the ring of truth about it

- PHIL BROWN

AU­THOR Nick Earls likes to take photos with his smart phone. The only prob­lem is those photos are some­times of the in­side of his trouser pocket.

Earls (pic­tured) mined his own in­ner Lud­dite for ma­te­rial for his hi­lar­i­ous novel Ana­logue Men, pub­lished by Ran­dom House Aus­tralia.

The book has been short-listed for The Courier-Mail Peo­ple’s Choice Book of the Year Award.

“Peo­ple who read the book are re­lieved to find they are not the only ones who are be­ing regularly out­smarted by their smart phones,” Earls says.

Earls, 51, says Ana­logue Men is a re­turn to his comedic roots. The Bris­bane au­thor won fans with his break­through novel Zigzag Street, which was a quin­tes­sen­tial Bris­bane story. This book is too, although it is also partly set on the Gold Coast.

It is about An­drew Van Fleet, a fam­ily man with chil­dren who are streets ahead of him when it comes to tech­nol­ogy, and Brian Bright­man, a ra­dio an­nouncer whose ca­reer is not what it used to be.

Four fic­tion and four non­fic­tion ti­tles have been short­listed for the $10,000 award and The Courier-Mail editor Christo­pher Dore says the ti­tles show “the di­ver­sity and rich­ness of con­tent be­ing pro­duced”. The win­ner will be an­nounced at the Queens­land Literary Awards cer­e­mony on Oc­to­ber 9.

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