The Forgotten World of the Blue Mountains in the late 1800s
by Clayton Wehner - February 2nd, 2013
From the author of the acclaimed Grassdogs comes a breathtaking story set in the Blue Mountains during the late 1800s
Half-brothers Byron and Clancy Wilson are inseparable during their childhood. They run wild in the dark valleys of the Blue Mountains, run riot during their school years in Katoomba, and run afoul of the ogre of the town, Constable Barnaby Clout. But it is a love triangle between the brothers and emerald-eyed Violet Kefford, as well as a dramatic jewel heist, that ultimately tests their unconventional family.
The Forgotten World is a breathtaking story that lyrically charts the landscape and people of the Blue Mountains in the late 1800s, and sees real characters in Australian history, such as Sir Henry Parkes, artist Julian Ashton and Lord and Lady Carrington dancing through its pages. Poignant and unforgettable, it plumbs the depths of family loyalty and betrayal.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mark O’Flynn was born in Melbourne and now lives in the Blue Mountains. Mark studied at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in 2001 he was funded by the NSW Ministry for the Arts to write the play Eleanor & Eve, which premiered at Varuna in 2002, and was remounted at the Q Theatre in 2003. This play was the most successful production there for five years.
After his stint in the theatre, Mark turned to fiction and poetry. He has published four poetry collections and a novella, Captain Cook. Mark’s first full-length novel, Grassdogs, was published in 2006 after he participated in the HarperCollins Varuna Manuscript Development Program.
His short stories, articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and magazines both here and overseas, including Australian Book Review, The Bulletin, The Good Weekend, Heat, Westerly, Meanjin, Southerly,Island, Overland, New Australian Stories and Picador New Writing.
False Start, Mark’s comic memoir, was recently published by Finch Publishing.
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