Author(s): Neal Drinnan
Welcome to Moralla, Tidy Town – two years running! Rebecca Moore, the most beautiful, talented girl in town is dead and there’s nothing tidy about it. It seems everyone in this sleepy hollow is breaking bad and something has to be done. Why was she on the Princes Highway at four am? What could lure her there and how will the town cope with the series of events set in motion by her shocking departure? When Rural Liberties, a maverick, moral foundation sets up unconventional sexual retreats on Moralla’s fringes and TV’s longest running reality show recruits the town’s number two beauty, the stage is set for one of the most diabolical and outrageous moral coups ever. If what happens in Moralla stays in Moralla then what will the new arrivals bring and what will they leave behind? Rebecca is watching from the wings as the moral compass goes haywire and a bold new era of debauchery and enlightenment is set to begin. Rural Liberties is a fiery cocktail of innocence, gender, corruption and lust in the homeliest of places; small town Australia.
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‘Drinnan’s writing seems so effortlessly sparkling and delicious that we are in danger of overlooking what an elegant master of prose he is. This book is witty, naughty and a real pleasure to read but it also has steely purpose. There’s a real bite here, and a sense of a talented writer at the top of his form.
’ Christos Tsiolkas
‘Loved it! Loved the setting, the schlocky reality TV show, the orgies and the cast of thousands. A true skill is at work here. People will love this!’
‘Neal Drinnan’s wicked novel is a masterful mashup of TV pop culture, small town gossip, straight-boy sexual savagery, adult-relationship confusion-and, charmingly, a lonely queer lad’s hormonal lusts. Its satire is both seductive and perceptive, a delectable combination.’