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Dante and Johnno are unlikely childhood friends, growing up in the bustle of steamy, wartime Brisbane. Later, as teenagers, they learn about love and life amidst the city's pubs and public libraries, backyards and brothels, Moreton Bay figs and tennis parties. As adults, they make the great pilgrimage overseas and maintain an uneasy friendship as they seek to build their lives.

An affectionate and bittersweet portrait, Johnno brilliantly recreates the sleazy, tropical half-city that was Brisbane and captures a generation locked in combat with the elusive Australian dream.

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  • Paperback

    9780143180142

    September 1, 2008

    Peng. Mod. Classics

    192 pages

    RRP $22.99

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  • Hardback

    9780702234965

    July 1, 2004

    U.Q.P.

    RRP $23.95

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  • Hardback

    9780702230158

    August 2, 2000

    U.Q.P.

    256 pages

    RRP $23.95

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  • EBook

    9781409042419

    February 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

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