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Clueless in Mangoland

Ross Fitzgerald & Trevor Jordan, Fools’ Paradise: Life in an Altered State (Arcadia, 2011), 238 pages, $24.95 The Australian humorous novel, once handsomely represented by the works of Lenny Lower and Barry Oakley, is an endangered species. While it has become de rigueur for television and radio comedians to pop out a light holiday read just in time for the Christmas sales, books that satirise Australian life on a wider or deeper scale are rare. One possible explanation is that, when you reach the point where Greens hold the balance of power and university lecturers have to calculate the carbon…

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