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Do you ever feel like you might have just one more chance to get on top of your life and make things happen?

Do you ever feel like you might have just one more chance to get on top of your life and make things happen?

Andrew Van Fleet and Bamberg Davis Kirchner have parted company. Private equity has let him go without a fuss and he’s opting for a job that will let him spend more time at home. But the house is overrun by iPads and teenage hormones and conversations that have moved on without him. Plus his ailing father is now lodged in the granny flat, convalescing from surgery with his scrappy bulldog in tow.

And then there’s Brian Brightman, the expensive fading star at the radio station Andrew’s signed up to manage, still gotcha-calling and dropping single entendres as if it’s the eighties. He too is starting to wonder if the twenty-first century might prove to be his second best. He’s Andrew’s worst nightmare, but they’re thrown together on a road trip to face their shared fear of obsolescence, with hilarious consequences.

Reviews

An acutely perceptive paen to male midlife crisis, hilarious enough to prompt one similarly age-afflicted reviewer to laugh out loud on the bus.

Paul Robinson, Qantas magazine

There are some one-liners in Analogue Men by Nick Earls that are so funny I just accidentally laughed out loud! Gotta say, this book has the most realistic depiction of a modem Australian family I've ever read. I'm growing very fond of the characters.

Rebecca Sparrow

As with Earls' bittersweet The True Story of Butterfish there's a dark well of illicit desire bubbling beneath the "two kids and a house in the suburbs" surface here as Brian lusts after young women while his own body declines in farcical and repulsive style. Meanwhile, some of the sharpest comedy comes from Andrew's fumbling attempts to impart his limited and outdated knowledge about sex to his mortified children. As is Earls' wont, this doesn't move at a cracking pace, preferring to linger on the little moments of awkwardness, the unfortunate misunderstandings and small but soul-destroying slights. The action ramps up somewhat when a farcical turn of events straight out of the American Pie playbook ensues, but even at its most scatological and slapstick there's something sombre beneath the laughs, a lingering sense of disconnection and decay.

Daniel Herborn, The Sun-Herald

Nick Earls' new novel Analogue Men follows a middle-aged, middle-class, comfortably-off family man in tragi-comic existential crisis. Nick Earls is a skilled writer with a keen sense of what is happening in the digital industrial complex and how profoundly it affects work and life.

Juliette Hughes, The Sydney Morning Herald

It's physical comedy on the page and reflects a fundamental truth: ageing is not always done gracefully.

Amanda Ellis, The West Australian

Best known for writing books such as Bachelor Kisses and Zigzag Street, romantic comedies aimed at women in their late teens and 20s, Earls proves with this latest offering that he’s all growed up. That’s not to say the laughs have dried up – far from it – but this is an adult book for and about adults. This is, quite simply, a brilliant book. It is witty, literary and has chunks of pure slap-stick coupled with deep observations about generational difference and the way some people end up feeling left behind in a world so suddenly reliant upon iPads, wifi and the latest techno-gadgets. The characters are so sharply drawn, the dialogue so snappy and tight, that it feels like Earls has opened a window into the lives of real human beings. Each one is unique, endearing and strong in their own right, but it is Andrew and Brian who hold the spotlight.

Samantha Bond, InDaily Adelaide News

My rep passed me a copy of Analogue Men as an Easter gift. It was a true delight, and made my long weekend all the more enjoyable. I can't remember the last time I laughed so often, and what a pleasure to read your witty quips and descriptions masking thoughtful responses to being grown-up when you don't feel old enough (the wagyu crack could be applied to a few people out there…) Middle-age and generational-obsolescence are not for the wussy! Thank you for bringing us another light-hearted big-hearted novel, as always I look forward to sharing it with my discerning customers!

Lindy, Abbeys Bookstore

I laughed out loud reading Analogue Men. I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud reading a book.

Angela Duke

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781864711530

    July 1, 2015

    Vintage Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9781864711523

    July 1, 2014

    Vintage Australia

    368 pages

    RRP $32.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780857982483

    July 1, 2014

    RHA eBooks Adult

    368 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Awards and Recognition

  • 2015
    The Courier-Mail 2015 People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award
    Shortlisted
  • 2015
    The Courier-Mail 2015 People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Award
    Shortlisted

Also by Nick Earls

Word Hunters: Top Secret Files
New Boy
Word Hunters: War of the Word Hunters
Word Hunters: The Lost Hunters
Word Hunters: The Curious Dictionary
Merlo Girls
Welcome To Normal
Merlo Girls (Storycuts)
The Fix
The True Story Of Butterfish
After January
Bachelor Kisses
Joel & Cat Set the Story Straight
48 Shades of Brown
Kids' Night In: A Midnight Feast
Zigzag Street

Recommendations

The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Best Laid Plans
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Fool Me Once
Private Delhi
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Voyager
Swing Time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress
The Bone Collection
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
Colombiano
The Trip of a Lifetime