Bo­gan Billy from Belfast still quick to use his fists

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Books - Owen Richard­son

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

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