"Russell Guy writes crisply about the outback in a road novel that captures the physical world no less vividly than the compulsive drive towards the spiritual one."

Cameron Woodhead. The Age, 16/5/15.


"This little book — it's less than 200 pages — is set mostly in the outback. It's a story that will resonate with people of all cultures. Written in an easy–to–read, witty style, Dry Crossing is an Australian gem.”

The Senior. Natalie Williams, 24th March 2015


"Emptiness and how to replace loss of identity is a common theme in Australian Aboriginal fiction. There is integrity here.”

 

North West Star  Mt. Isa. Chris Burns, 30/04/2015

 

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"DRY CROSSING is a road novel that acutally that goes somewhere. In part, this is an unfashionable tale of redemption, told in a time of fashionable atheism. The book's main character, Dizzy Roundabout, is a burnt-out refugee from an Aboriginal rock 'n' roll band and as the protagonist's name might suggest, there is a subtle overlay of allegory to this modern morality tale.”

Dave Richards, 'Alice Online'. Alice Springs.


"Dizzy was hit with the white stick at birth and has spent his life searching for love and belonging. Guy gives the bush real colour and you’ll need to blow off the red dust each time you pick up the book."

 

Adelaide Advertiser review, 01/08/2015

 

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"This quirky novel has been described as “a cross-cultural gothic romance, which looks back on a sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle”. It tells the story of a white guy named Dizzy Roundabout who heads an Aboriginal band called The Little Trees. The plot takes Dizzy across outback Australia in his quest for music, love and fulfilment,  and along the way it gives the reader many laugh-out-loud moments, some great landscape descriptions and an endearing range of characters’.”

 

From the Desk of Irina Dunn – Sydney. September. 2016.’

 

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This is a fascinating tale of an Indigenous person grappling with the tensions between a birth culture and an acquired Western culture. It is a tale of a person triumphing over their inner self finding their real identity."

The Outback City Express. February 2016


Crazy band members, publicans, missionaries, police, master painters of the Dreaming and girlfriends at roadhouses, all inhabit this glorious novel as it grapples with the strange brand of English spoken by Aboriginal people, their lexicon from ancient languages that has crept into Outback English, and the war of ideas that make claims on people’s souls.”

Professor Marcia Langton.  Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies.  Centre for Health & Society.  University of Melbourne.


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“After spending the past 10 years with an artistically respected but financially challenged Aboriginal rock band playing remote venues in the outback, Dizzy Roundabout takes stock of his life. Weighing up his compulsion for life on the road against the loneliness and his longing for permanence and stability, Dizzy finds himself at a metaphorical and geographical crossroads. This irresistible tale of rock’n’roll, redemption, salvation, freedom and belonging rises like a phoenix from the ashes of alcohol and Aboriginal life in the outback, spiritual and powerfully grounded in the red earth of the land”

The West Australian. Elaine Fry - 21/06/2016


“DRY CROSSING is not just about touring the Outback with a bush band – it’s a tour de force! Sharply observed, vividly comic and wryly understated, DRY CROSSING is a long overdue celebration of life on the wallaby in the modern era.””

Marius Webb.  Co-founder 2JJ, the radio station that became a national network.


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