“Grafton Everest’s latest adventure has a big focus on new technology, especially artificial intelligence. This may, or may not, interest the Grafton Everest Fan Club. But, as with Going Out Backwards, the most amusing parts of Everest’s on-going adventures involve his interactions with his former employer, the University of Mangoland and similar institutions.” Read more of Gerard Henderson’s review here.
Listen to Steve Austin’s entertaining interview on ABC local radio Brisbane here (starts at 4.40).
“Antony and I thought – how can you satirise America when they’ve got Trump?” says Fitzgerald (in Phil Brown’s review). https://bit.ly/2HT45Rv
“The benefit of writing satirical novels is that the world never stops throwing up new things requiring to be lambasted and thus a series of books like this could potentially go on for generations.” Read Ian McFadyen’s review: http://bit.ly/2HS9PLn
Listen to Alan Jones in conversation with Ross Fitzgerald on 2GB: https://bit.ly/2HK0Cso
So Far, So Good centres on our hapless professor’s obsession with food and fame; his relationship with his increasingly independent wife Janet; their wayward (and soon to be married) daughter Lee-Anne; and his much-loved terrier Maddie.
This cleverly plotted satire exposes the sad state of universities and of what now passes for politics in the West. Our obsession with technology, our fear of outsiders and our distrust of elites also come in for a pasting.
Caught in a series of concentric conspiracies, Grafton manages to save the day, save the world and even launch Australia on the road to a republic.
Well-known author and commentator, Professor Ross Fitzgerald, and Antony Funnell, of ABC Radio National’s “Future Tense” fame, have produced the funniest Grafton Everest novel yet.
The previous Grafton adventure, Going Out Backwards, was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
About the authors:
Professor Ross Fitzgerald AM is a noted historian, political commentator, columnist for The Australian and the author of 40 books, including a memoir My Name Is Ross: An Alcoholic’s Journey. Professor Fitzgerald is also co-author of the sexual/political satires So Far, So Good: An Entertainment and Going Out Backwards: A Grafton Everest Adventure, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
Antony Funnell is a Walkley Award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and author. He presents the weekly podcast/radio program “Future Tense” on ABC Radio National. Antony is co-author of the satirical novel So Far, So Good. His non-fiction work The Future and Related Nonsense was published by Harper Collins. He has contributed to numerous publications including Griffith Review, Australian House & Garden and the anthology Best Australian Science Writing.