Duncan Fardon reviews 'Scoundrel Days: A memoir' by Brentley Frazer

Duncan Fardon reviews 'Scoundrel Days: A memoir' by Brentley Frazer

Scoundrel Days: A memoir

by Brentley Frazer

University of Queensland Press $29.95 pb, 304 pp, 9780702259562

Duncan Fardon

Duncan Fardon

Duncan Fardon recently obtained a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne, where he also

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Brentley Frazer, one of many scoundrels in his memoir Scoundrel Days, documents coming of age on the boundary of civilisation. His father’s vocation as the only policeman in a small northern Queensland mining town subjects Frazer to a chaotic side of life: a lockup only a stone’s throw from his bedroom; housing criminals and murderous poachers; bloodied victims of domestic violence showing up in the early hours; and the aftermath of car crashes. His parents’ involvement with the new-age cult ‘The Family’ introduces perverts into the home. But Frazer embraces his circumstances with a kind of brash vigour, starting The Wreckers gang, drinking, smoking, taking drugs, and committing acts of vandalism.

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Published in March 2017, no. 389

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