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LUCA ANTARA
Bibliophile price: £1.50
By turns memoir, travelogue, history and detective story, the book parallels the life of the author, an emigré to Sydney and that of an historical figure, Antonio da Nova, the servant of a 17th century Portuguese explorer who sends him to find out more about Luca Antara, now Australia. New to Sydney, Martin Edmond finds himself impoverished and displaced. He earns money as a taxi driver but spends his spare time frequenting second hand bookshops trying to learn more about the history of Australia and the wider region. The people Edmond encounters in his taxi and in his search for rare books are varied and strange, offering a voyeuristic glimpse into Sydney's subculture. Edmond's reading centres upon da Nova, but each book he reads leads to another and the subject becomes broader and more fascinating. The lives of the two men and the strange customs and unique social mores of each man's culture and time intertwine throughout the book in an epic walk across northern Australia. Part literary history, the book is a pleasure to read enjoying a diverse and beautiful culture as it does. Truly a detective story for bibliophiles. 272pp in paperback.

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