Behind the Boomgate
Lesley B. Harrison
Book, 208 pages, perfect-bound.
Proudly printed and bound by Foot & Playsted.
This story brings a narrative pull that seeds anticipation on the reader. The
expectation from the novel is well done and satisfying: we anticipate a storyline,
don’t know how it can be bought about, and yet it is delivered. The basic one is the
opposition between the owners, their schemes for the caravan park and the hope and
needs of the residents. The book is alchemical in that regard, taking the base metal of
the facts in which residents cannot win and yet delivering a victory.
Martin Goodman.University of Hull UK. Author Client Earth.
Harrison’s work is compelling. The narrative is often moving, as we follow the
struggles and challenges faced by the various characters as they try to establish
a home and a community in often compromised circumstances. One of the main
achievements of this creative work is Harrison’s ability to give both a sense of
the ‘political’ issues facing caravan park residents with the development of strong
and compelling characters. Harrison’s writing is very robust and convincing, the
publication of which is a substantial contribution to Australian literature.
Ezra Gandolfo.Victoria University Aust. Author Swimming.