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Andrew Riemer

Andrew Riemer is chief book reviewer of the Sydney Morning Herald and the author of a number of works of no-fiction, including the award-winning memoir Inside Outside. His previous translations include Anouar Benmalek’s The Child of an Ancient People and Betty Villeminot’s Alcheringa.


The Spruiker’s Tale

Catherine Rey

262 pages
Paperback, 21 x 15.2 cm
Published April 2005
ISBN 1920882073

In a run-down shack in a godforsaken town on the edge of the Gibson Desert an old circus family has come to rest. Tarcisius the 100 year-old father, once ringmaster of the Queen Pigmy Circus, lies dying on the verandah. The vindictive matriarch Magnolita Rosaria, famous in her youth as Soto the Flying Lady, and now so fat she cannot walk, rules their three sons. The oldest is a soldier, an arsonist and murderer, the second a hell-fire preacher, a lecher and a thief. The third has a daughter, Trinity, who inherits Magnolita Rosaria’s skills as an acrobat and sets the circus world alight. Her grandmother’s hatred knows no bounds…