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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742740089
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

The Grand Hotel




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.

  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742740089
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 480

About the author

Gregory Day

Gregory Day is a writer, poet and musician whose debut novel, The Patron Saint of Eels (2005), won the prestigious Australian Literature Society Gold Medal in 2006. His CDs include The Black Tower: Songs From The Poetry Of WB Yeats, which was hailed by the Yeats Society of Ireland as the finest musical interpretations of Yeats ever made, and The Flash Road: Scenes From The Building Of The Great Ocean Road. His second novel, Ron McCoy's Sea Of Diamonds (2007), was shortlisted for the 2008 NSW Premiers Prize for Fiction. He lives with his family on the southwest coast of Victoria.

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Praise for The Grand Hotel

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.

The 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 & Music Magazine

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