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.
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
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Duncan Fardon recently obtained a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne, where he also completed his Bachelor of Arts. He is an associate editor for Ascension Magazine and The Suburban Review, and is an intern at ABR and Monash University Publishing.
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