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The anarchy at the core

September 1994, no. 164

The anarchy at the core

September 1994, no. 164

In the fictional town of Blosseville, the dirty core of politics is being revealed, and lawyers are having to examine their consciences … for Perth writer, Nicholas Hasluck, the themes are intriguing, as he explains to Rosemary Sorensen.

Are you a regional writer?

I suppose I am, if your definition of a regional writer is someone who evokes atmosphere and themes which have a particular relevance for a region. Firstly, to take the most obvious thing there has always been a particular buccaneering business style, dating from the days of the goldrush of the 1890s and in various eras since, and the whole 1980s materialistic era was written even larger on the West Coast than other places. Going even further back in historical terms when you think of the peculiarities of the exploration of this coast, both by the French and the Dutch, that is something which distinguishes the West Coast. Because of my particular enthusiasm for history and research and canvassing matters of the early exploration, it is a theme which has found its way into three or four of my books.

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