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Travel, sex, death and love - a most surprising collection of stories.

Travel, sex, death and love - a most surprising collection of stories.

'I love airports. I love the opera of airports . . . Families with high-gloss airport emotion, a linkage of smiles, tears and touching. A moratorium on malice, air-conditioned goodwill. When the airport sanctuary is left, the automatic doors open into the sweaty heat and blown litter, and they also re-open the wounds of the family and the dust blows into the lacerations.'

In an odyssey which moves across a world stage, Tales of Mystery and Romance touches high comedy and low farce - the non-event of the Jack Kerouac Wake, the dispute over the exact form of secular penetration achieved by Milton, an argument with an ex-wife over 'motel sex' - and much tender and perceptive observation. You will come away from this book at least knowing something about belly dancers, the intricacies of homosexual sex, and even life after death.


[Moorhouse] deals with the emotional minefield of the "free" life with sensitivity, using irony and humour to stave off sentimentalism.

Anne Summers, The Advertiser

Tales of Mystery and Romance is incredibly daring, both in content and style . . . voluptuous and shrewd ideas and writing.

Kirsten Blanch, Cleo

I find it difficult to convey the real magic quality of the style; [Moorhouse] is often elliptical, there are nuances of Kurt Vonnegut Jnr, a sense of irony but also a happy acceptance of life in its confusions and comic despair.

Colin Spencer

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    October 26, 2011

    Random House Australia

    192 pages

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    September 1, 2008

    Vintage Australia

    192 pages

    RRP $19.99

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