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The Colour of Kerosene and Other Stories

Cameron Raynes

The Colour of Kerosene and Other Stories
In these fourteen stories, Cameron Raynes traverses landscapes of regret, joy and redemption. In a country town, a woman plots to ruin her rival with an act steeped in racism. A welfare worker is asked to spy on a colleague. And in the award-winning title story, a taxi driver accepts a fare he knows he shouldn't:

They headed east, the nude hills of the Geraldton plains, stripped of their trees a century before, leaning into them on both sides as the car climbed into the marginal country. Behind him, Luke heard the gurgle of fluid sluicing out of a bladder and into a cup, smelt the sweet stink of cheap wine. It occurred to him that it was not too late to turn back.

Cameron Raynes has worked in Perth, Meekatharra, Katherine, Darwin and Adelaide as a barman, welfare worker, anthropologist, historian, archivist,editor, academic and scriptwriter. He has a PhD on the moral subtext of Aboriginal oral history and writes whenever he can. He lives in Semaphore and is currently writing a script for a feature film based on his story, 'The Colour of Kerosene'.

Praise for The Colour of Kerosene and Other Stories:
'Reading the stories in Kerosene will put dirt under your fingernails. Raynes's vision is hard-edged and sometimes downright brutal yet it's studded with empathy, compassion and truth.' - Patrick Allington

'... with The Colour of Kerosene and Other Stories Cameron Raynes has created an ensemble cast who are not particularly pleasant or unpleasant. They’re not winners or losers (with the exception of the dog hinted at above). They are both drifters and shiftless. And if not all of them are honest, they are drawn with skill and originality.' – Tony Birch, Overland journal

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Format Paperback
Size 210 x 140 mm
ISBN 9781743051207
Extent 180 pages
Price: AU$24.95 including GST
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