The aspiring oil trader's bible, Liam Carroll's Slippery is capitalism on steroids, exploring the mayhem of commodities trading in Asia.
Riding his BMX home along Manly's beachfront late one Friday night, fresh from plowing schooners and yelling at footy games, Flynn James (Slippery) receives a call from Scion Commodities' chief recruiter in Geneva. Flynn is invited to Scion's Singapore office for an interview. A junior trading role in physical oil and metals trading is up for grabs.
He seizes the chance with both hands and catapults into the trading world, working hard and playing harder, as he chases fast money and attempts very unsuccessfully to avoid the pitfalls lurking in the gritty underbellies of Southeast Asia.
*Feature Film Screenplay and Poem
In the rural town of Boodji, an 80year old cobber Jack is given months to live thanks to terminal lung cancer. Stoic through and through, he decides best not to tell a soul. Hours later his wife, Carol, passes away in the Boodji nursing home's dementia ward, moments before she can blow the candles out on her 80th birthday cake.
Jack decides to set off on a mobility scooter for the 200km journey to their special place by the sea, Yabbara Beach, the place they wed 55 years earlier, determined to ensure Carol's dying wish comes true. He is joined, reluctantly at first, by his corporate high-achieving daughter, Jules, and his chubby, cherub faced grandson, William, on what becomes the adventure of a lifetime for them all.
SWEET DREAMS OF FANTA
It's 1988 in Sydney's iconic Balmain. Liam Carroll is a moon-faced, seven year-old Fanta addict with lard boobies and dots for knuckles. Starting year 2 in a new Catholic school, he cops his share of cruel and wounding put-downs from his peer group bullies, becoming their daily target.
Liam sheds plenty of tears until he realises he has to fight back. With help from the next door neighbour he idolises and his warm and wonderful family, he sees off the bullies in fine style and manages to shed the Fanta and the flab.
Sweet Dreams of Fanta takes you on a sentimental ride back to 1988 and reminds every reader of life's most simple lesson - a child is blessed with invincible strength when they know with all their heart that the people they love the most in this world love them right back, even more.