Mattheüs (Mattie) Duiker is a thirty-something gay man with a chequered past and an addiction to porn. His Afrikaans father, Bennie, is a self-made man, a larger-than-life uber-masculine traditionalist who has forever cast a shadow over his family. Bennie is dying from terminal cancer, and Mattie is his primary carer. Mattie, desperate to make something of his life, sets out to create a business, but his dependence on his father for the capital to do so, and the legacy of their fraught relationship, hinder his attempts at independence. Mattie’s boyfriend, Jack, a popular housemaster in an affluent boys’ college, comes from an impoverished background with a previous drug addiction and debts to dealers hanging over him. Jack is a compulsive Facebook user; the book is punctuated by status updates that offer a shorthand insight into his relationship with Mattie.
Crusader Hillis is a writer, editor, curator, and producer. He co-founded (with Rowland Thomson) the queer bookshop Hares & Hyenas in 1991. They have since presented over 500 literary and performance events for festivals in Melbourne and Sydney. Hares & Hyenas is now also a fully licensed performance venue presenting over 120 events per year.
Crusader’s fiction and non-fiction has been published in magazines and newspapers here and in the UK. He has had a distinguished parallel career in the arts, managing organisations and marketing teams for festivals, consulting for various major organisations, and serving on several boards and committees.