Bogan Billy from Belfast still quick to use his fists
CHRIS Flynn is already known to those who follow these things as an editor and literary entrepreneur, just the kind of person a scene needs to bring in the new. Having run the Dog’s Bar readings
in Melbourne’s St Kilda and edited one of the brightest of the smaller magazines, Torpedo, he is fiction consultant at Australian Book Review and is putting together an issue of Mcsweeney’s dedicated to Aboriginal and Polynesian writing. His debut novel, A Tiger in Eden, has a bright and daring high concept, and Flynn makes his yarn move, but it doesn’t quite make good on the promise of literary adventure.
We are in Thailand with Billy, drinking and shagging along with all the other backpackers cutting loose far from home. For Billy, though, home is Belfast, and he