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Peter Goldsworthy - book author

Peter Goldsworthy grew up in various Australian country towns, finishing his schooling in Darwin. After graduating in medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1974, he worked for many years in alcohol and drug rehabiiltation. Since then, he has divided his time equally between writing and general practice. He has won major literary awards across a range of genres: poetry, short story, the novel, in opera, and most recently in theatre.

Peter Goldsworthy is the author of books: Maestro, Three Dog Night, Wish, Honk If You Are Jesus, Minotaur, Everything I Knew, Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam, Gravel, Little deaths, Keep It Simple, Stupid

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Against the backdrop of Darwin, that small, tropical hothouse of a port, half-outback, half-oriental, lying at the tip of northern Australia, a young and newly arrived southerner encounters the 'maestro', a Viennese refugee with a shadowed past. the occasion is a piano lesson, the first of many...
Is it possible to be too much in love? After ten years in London, Martin Blackman returns to Adelaide with his wife and fellow psychiatrist Lucy, blissfully happy. But then he introduces her to his old friend Felix, once a brilliant surgeon, now barred from practising and changed beyond recognition. In the complex triangle that develops, Martin must decide just how far he is prepared to go for Felix. So begins the darkest of journeys for all three of them...
From the pen of Peter Goldsworthy - a modern champion of the lost art of storytelling - comes Honk If You Are Jesus, a bestselling novel that resists categorisation, and explodes expectations. Keep your hand on the horn during this startling comic fiction.
Peter Goldsworthy's new novel features a blind detective determined to deliver justice to the man who shot him, even though his failed assassin has broken out of jail and is equally determined to finish the job. Cleverly structured around the five senses, and with the action confined to one week, it’s pacey and taut, with the cat-and-mouse tension leavened by lighter interludes.

Goldsworthy is interested in all that his protagonist cannot see, as he is forced to meet evil, acting on a trust in his senses, and the ineluctable mystery that is memory.
It's the year 1964, and fourteen-year-old know-it-all Robbie Burns is about to discover he still has a lot to learn.

The world is changing fast, although the news has yet to reach the small South Australian town of Penola. There Robbie leads and idyllic life of rabbiting, backyard science experiments, and hooligan scrapes with his friend Billy. Penola is oblivious even to its minor celebrity as the birthplace of the poet John Shaw Neilson, but poetry means the world to Robbie's new teacher from the city, the stylish Miss Peach, a sixties sophisticate with stirrup pants, Kool cigarettes and Vespa scooter.

Miss Peach's artistic yearnings and modern ways prove too much for the good people of Penola, but they fire Robbie's precocious imagination and burgeoning sexuality, until what begins as a schoolboy fantasy has terrible, real consequences.

Everything I Knew challenges our determination to believe in the innocence of childhood and adolescence. Yet again it shows Peter Goldsworthy to be a master of shifting tone, from the comic to the tragic, and 'one of the few Australian writers to command superb technique' (Sydney Morning Herald)
Written in an evocative, haunting style, this moving tale of loss and the relationship between parents and child was first published in the collection Little Deaths in 1993. tailor-made for reading groups, it is a unique publication which includes an introduction by an acclaimed Australian author, an interview with Goldsworthy and room for note-taking.
Paul "Mack" McNeil has a reconstructed knee, an unreconstructed life, and a taste for Baci chocolates. The favourite son of a struggling Italian soccer club in the western suburbs, he is desperate to keep playing. But does the Club, his surrogate family, still want him? Once known for his quick wit, of late Mack finds his jokes falling on deaf ears. His mother is in a nursing home which he never visits; his wife, who wants a baby, won't talk to him; her best friend thinks he belongs in the Stone Age, and his new coach thinks he is past it - and yet Mack jokes on, relentlessly. Porn-and-prawn nights at the Club, early morning milk runs, and day and night marital disharmony are the raw material from which he must reshape his life, stepping stones as he struggles towards a new perception of himself and his world.