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  • Published: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742758435
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 18

Merlo Girls

  • Nick Earls


A fascinating short story from celebrated Australian author Nick Earls, plus a sample of Nick’s edgy detective novel The Fix!

A fascinating short story from celebrated Australian author Nick Earls, plus a sample of Nick’s edgy detective novel The Fix!

He is leading another life, or toying with the idea of it, practising it, here at Merlo.

Two men, no longer youthful, through conversations about coffee, communism, cricket and the narrowing of possibilities explore the architecture of their friendship.

  • Published: 1 July 2012
  • ISBN: 9781742758435
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 18

Praise for Merlo Girls

In Merlo Girls, the narrator and Steve, the husband of one of his female friends from uni days, pay one of their regular visits to Merlo's for fresh ground coffee beans. The narrator is a surgeon racked by arthritis, Steve a blustering type uncomfortable with middle age. Here, Earls perfectly captures both the awkwardness of these friendships by association and the unease often felt in these kinds of cooler-than-thou establishments.

David Messer, The Age

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