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The Magpie Wing

256 pages
Paperback, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published September 2021
ISBN 9781925818765

The Magpie Wing

Max Easton

Debut novel by Sydney writer, punk musician and rugby league afficionado about the way the subcultures in the city and its western suburbs shape and reshape identity.

Max Easton is the creator of the podcast Barely Human, about the international history of underground music scenes.

Helen, Walt and Duncan are looking for ways to entertain themselves in the sprawl of Sydney’s western suburbs. Walt, scrappy and idealistic, wants to prove a point, and turns to petty vandalism. His friend Duncan sticks to his fledgling football career, and sexual encounters in strange houses. Walt’s sister Helen, restless and seeking something larger than herself, is forced by scandal to leave the family home. As they move into adulthood they gravitate to the dingy glamour of the inner-city suburbs, to escape their families’ complicated histories, and in search of new identities, artistic, sexual and political.

The Magpie Wing is set on football fields, at punk gigs, and in dilapidated and gentrifying pubs, moving from the nineties to the present, and between the suburbs and the inner city. Max Easton’s debut novel explores how, even in a city divided against itself, disparate communities – underground music scenes, rugby league clubs, communist splinter groups – share unexpected roots.

About the Author

Max Easton

Max Easton is a writer from south-west Sydney. He is the creator of the underground music podcast Barely Human, and the arts journal Tempered. His writing has appeared in Sydney Review of Books, Meanjin, The Lifted Brow and Mess+Noise. He has played in six Sydney punk bands, runs a DIY record label, and appeared in an under-seventeens development squad for the Western Suburbs Magpies in 2003. The Magpie Wing is his first novel.

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