Billy Montgomery is a young Ulster thug who finds himself on the run in Thailand, hanging out with backpackers whose only care is where the next joint or sexual encounter is going to present itself. Hardly the ingredients of a comic novel? Author Chris Flynn shows otherwise. He talks to Toni Jordan.
Chris Flynn (Australian)
Chris Flynn is books editor at The Big Issue and fiction consultant at Australian Book Review. The former publisher of Torpedo magazine, he writes for The Age, The Australian, Paris Review and ABC Radio National, and is editing a forthcoming issue of McSweeney’s partly devoted to Indigenous Australian fiction. Chris grew up Belfast and lives in Melbourne, and was once a sumo-wrestling referee in a travelling fair. A Tiger in Eden is his first novel.
Toni Jordan’s debut novel, the international bestseller Addition, was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award and the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year, longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and won Best Debut Fiction in the Indie Awards. Addition was published in 16 countries. Her second novel, Fall Girl, was published in Australia, the UK, Germany, France and Taiwan. Toni teaches Novel at RMIT University and has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, the Herald Sun and The Monthly.