Mallee Boys Book Launch
Charlie Archbold, Mallee Boys
Marion Cultural Centre, 287 Diagonal Rd, Oaklands Park
Tuesday 7 November, 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm
Join us for a launch by Mike Lucas of Mallee Boys by Charlie Archbold. Mallee Boys is the winner of the Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award and is Charlie’s debut novel.
Sometimes I feel like I’m neither one thing nor another. I live in the Mallee but I don’t like the desert. I live on a farm but I get hay fever and I’m scared of goats. I like school but my best mates don’t. I’m stuck between stuff. It’s like I’m not meant to be here but I am.
Sandy Douglas knows that life at fifteen is hard, but it’s even harder when your mother died a year ago and nothing’s gone right since. His brother Red, on the other hand, is eighteen now and working the farm. He’s amped up on rage and always looking for a fight. And then there’s their dad Tom. He does his best, but – really – he doesn’t have a clue.
As Sandy and Red deal with girls, dirt biking, footy and friendship, both boys have to work out who they want to be, without their mum around. The Mallee, where they live, may seem like the middle of nowhere, but it turns out this is going to be one hell of a year.
Charlie Archbold was born in London. She completed a degree in drama before training as a teacher and has worked as an educator for twenty-five years. She recently completed a Master of Education in Studies of Asia. After travelling extensively she settled in Australia and lives with her family in Adelaide. The inspiration for Mallee Boys came from her experiences working and living in the unique Murray Mallee region of Australia. Mallee Boys is her first novel.