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Strange things are happening at the Grand Hotel...

Strange things are happening at the Grand Hotel...

'A hotel as a work of art in little ol' Mangowak? It was about as unlikely as an indoor creek.'

Robbed of his zest for life by the absurd innovations of his local council, including knocking down the only pub in his beloved home town and roofing over a section of the creek to protect swimmers from the rain, artist Noel Lea exiles himself in the hills above Mangowak, on the southwest Victorian coast. He returns to find an unexpected destiny awaits. At a turning point in the town's history it seems he has a crucial role to play, as the unlikely publican of an even unlikelier hotel. This is a novel about an Australian pub twenty-first-century style, where the toilets play automated Dadaist recordings, Happy Hour comes with a blessing from the Pope and the patrons' libidos are as voracious as their thirst for the local ale. As events in the hotel take a twist that not even its inventive publican could have imagined, a long-held local mystery begins finally to unravel. Noel and his friends find themselves in uncharted territory, and, to make matters worse, the local authorities are hell-bent on closing them down. From the award-winning author of The Patron Saint of Eels and Ron McCoy’s Sea of Diamonds, Gregory Day's third novel is a witty, earthy and lyrical tour de force that takes some well-aimed swipes at the aspirations and absurdities of contemporary life.


You know those books where when you finish, you need to pause for a moment, holding the book tightly, because it was just so lovely? The Patron Saint of Eels is one of those. A gentle, thoughtful, beautiful story.

Australian Bookseller and Publisher

If you had a dollar for every book like this knocking around at the moment, that would add up to exactly one dollar. Gregory Day shares with the young Tim Winton an ability to use and explore a rich spiritual tradition without being imprisoned by it.

Sydney Morning Herald

Praise for The Patron Saint of Eels: Gentle in spirit, reverent and celebratory.

The Age

Praise for The Patron Saint of Eels: A wonderfully original work.

The Sun Herald

Praise for Ron McCoy's Sea of Diamonds: Delicately wrought and wonderfully executed, with a lively sense of humour and a prepossessing sense of place. It is in the confounding of expectations that the pleasures of this singular novel lie.

The Age

Praise for Ron McCoy's Sea of Diamonds: Like all good novels with a strong sense of place, Ron McCoy's Sea of Diamonds both celebrates and transcends its location. It is a story of finding yourself. I am pleased to have found Gregory Day.

Australian Book Review

Praise for Ron McCoy's Sea of Diamonds: This is the type of book that defies genres - you could call it literary because it is so well written - but really it’s intrinsic. The narrative lives within all Australians. It shimmers.

Readings Books and Music Magazine

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 1, 2010

    Vintage Australia

    480 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2010

    Random House Australia

    480 pages

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