COMP CLOSED Bryan Brown’s ‘Sweet Jimmy’

It was a gentle knock. Agnes had been waiting for it. Hoping he would be on time. Such a lovely fella, she thought… “Come on through. Got a surprise for you,” she said. He had one for her too.

Bryan Brown has been telling stories with his distinctive Australian voice on TV and in film for a long time, but this week’s giveaway is his first book of crime-laden stories, Sweet Jimmy. Here’s a quick synopsis:

Phil and Sweet Jimmy are cousins. Phil grows orchids . . . spider orchids . . . learnt about them in the nick. Jimmy likes orchids, too, but there are other things he likes even more…

Trish Bennett didn't like her life. Hadn't liked it for a long time. Been on the streets. Bit of this for a bit of that. The ‘that' wasn't always nice. Then Ahmed found her.

Sam is a tea-leaf, a thief. Likes nickin. . . anything . . . always has . . . until the day he knocked off more than the Volvo.

Fell for the sexy and beautiful Sue May from Hong Kong, Frank Testy did. Silly old prick. What price for ego? A huge bloody price it turns out.

Taut and crackling with character, these gritty, raw and sometimes very funny stories from Australian great Bryan Brown are Aussie Noir at its best. Crime doesn't discriminate . . . it can happen to anyone . . . it could happen to you . . . in any ordinary suburb . . . at any time.

“Uniquely Australian and uncommonly good. I could hear the author's voice in every spare, haunting line. More please.” – Michael Robotham

“My friend Bryan Brown, quite apart from his other manifold talents, turns out to be an excellent writer. An authentic voice; highly imaginative yet completely believable, with a flair for fully realised characters and a gripping narrative … a great story teller. This is utterly baffling. I'm furious.” – Sam Neill

We have three copies of Sweet Jimmy to be won this week. To get your hands on one, simply tell us what your favourite SWEET thing is, and why. The three entries we like best will WIN a copy of this new book!

Entries close midday Monday 27 September 2021, Sydney/Melbourne time.


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