About the Book
Highly Commended: IP Picks 2006, Best Fiction
In Easter at Tobruk Christianity and war collide
in an Australian context. With engaging candor the novel explores changing
values in our society since the Second World War.
The narrative focuses on two Easters, that of 1941 when Australian troops entered Tobruk in North Africa, and another fifty years later. The main character, Rob, finds himself caught in an improbable time-warp, breathing colour into events and characters too often rendered with historical dispassion.
About the Author
Michael O’Sullivan lives in the Southern
Tablelands of New South Wales with his wife and three children. Before becoming
a full-time writer he followed various occupations, including fencing contractor,
carpenter and builder, university tutor, librarian and archivist, and as
a curator with the Private Records collection at the Australian War Memorial.
Interactive Publications also published his previous novel, Secret Writing.
ISBN: 9781876819408 (PB)
RRP: AUD $30, USD $20, NZD $33, GBP £12, EUR €14
Release Date: 15 April 2007 (in North America and Europe via Lightning Source); 1 June 2007 in Australia/New Zealand
An enticing work peppered with a glistening sense of magic realism, O’Sullivan’s novel paints lush, dimensional scenes with literary brushstrokes. Living, breathing characters crafted by archetypal essences of poet, priest, good mother and old soldier propel a storyline supported by the strong themes of war, freedom, mateship and a kind of reconciliation that transcends time and place. Easter at Tobruk quite literally bends the passage of time:
The sea drew him in an endless repetitive pattern. Early in the mornings, at sunset or late into the night he might be there, staring into the horizon. Often he’d see that place Tobruk out there, and was content to squat in a hole with uncouth fighting men, passing around the tobacco tin and reciting the soldier’s psalm.
— IP Picks 2006 Judges’ Report