16-year old Alan Crosthwaite is committed to a mental asylum when he takes action against an international oil company polluting the environment. The only reason he doesn’t end up in prison is because the company’s CEO is his father.
In therapy, Alan writes about the doomsday scenario confronting our planet, his feelings for the girl he met at a School Strike for Climate demonstration, and his family. But it’s his preoccupation with the world’s political and business leaders’ persistent refusal to respond meaningfully to climate change that compels Alan to take one final, desperate step.
Like many of his generation, Alan Crosthwaite feels compelled to take up the fight against the looming climate change catastrophe because big business and petty politicians, worldwide, have seemingly disclaimed all responsibility for the problem.
Insanity is the disturbing story of a teenager who courageously confronts the challenge to our very survival: the rapidly accelerating and wanton destruction of our planet.
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I Hate Martin Amis Et Al won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Writer.
‘Dark and troubling, distressingly funny. It is one of the best debut novels I’ve read. Peter Barry is a massive talent. Exciting, original and dangerous. I Hate Martin Amis Et Al is a devastating tour de force and a brilliant first novel.’
Author of Simpson Returns and Blueprints for a Barbed Wire Canoe.
‘Barry writes with such awe-inspiring authority... this is intelligent, provocative entertainment at its best.’
Erotic Review Magazine (UK).
We All Fall Down was selected as one of the ‘50 Get Reading books of 2012’, an Australian Federal Government initiative.
‘A novel that speaks to the heart of our culture, and a gripping account of one man’s fight for his soul. Both honest and compassionate, it turns an unflinching gaze on the world in which we try to find meaning, at work and in love.’
Author of Books that saved my life: reading for wisdom, solace and pleasure.
It is 1987, soon after Live Aid, and PR consultant Adrian Burles has a groundbreaking idea: to fly a starving, skeletal Ethiopian to London and over a period of one week make him walk from Heathrow to Trafalgar Square.
‘Peter Barry’s The Walk, a delicious satire, tells the story of a charity worker who brings Mujtabaa, a young Ethiopian man, to London to raise funds for famine relief. The hilarious McDonalds’ scene is worth the price of admission alone.’
Publisher at Transit Lounge. Australian Book Review, December 2017.
Peter Barry was born in England, brought up in Scotland and, since 1990, has lived in Australia, first in Sydney, and then in Melbourne.
As well as four novels I Hate Martin Amis Et Al (2010), We All Fall Down (2012), The Walk (2017) and Insanity (2020) published in Australia, the UK and the US, he has had many short stories published in Australian literary journals, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Calibre essay prize.
He is married, has three children and lives in the Victorian countryside.
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Copies of I Hate Martin Amis Et Al and We All Fall Down can be obtained in Australia from Transit Lounge, 95 Stephen Street, Yarraville, VIC 3013, and through their website or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Insanity: In most countries paperbacks and ebooks can be obtained through Amazon, but in Australia and New Zealand paperbacks can only be obtained from the author through this website.