Here is our first Publisher’s Pick, and to kick start it off, we have a great book by Madelaine Dickie recommended by Fremantle Press, Penguin Australia.
Why we love it: Troppo is a great Australian surf novel from a writer who has experienced surf culture in the world’s most remote regions. This is surfing from a woman’s point of view – what it means to be the only woman on the beach and what it takes to hold your own amongst the boys. And where there is surf – sex and parties are never far away.
It’s not long after the Bali and Denpasar bombings and Penny has just moved to a remote Indonesian fishing village. Penny is there for a good time, flirting and surfing with Aussie pilot Matt. She’s been hired to work for Shane’s Sumatran Oasis – but when she arrives she finds that her boss’s reputation for trouble has made him unpopular with expats and locals alike. Caught between two very different cultures, Penny’s working holiday is about to get crazy – fast.
Author Madelaine Dickie has an ongoing, joyous and sometimes ambivalent connection with Indonesia. She’s lived, worked and studied there. She’s seen our cultures collide and she’s thought deeply about the relationship between our two countries. Troppo is her exploration of what it is like to be a traveller in your early twenties, when you know exactly where you want to go but don’t have a road map.
Troppo won the 2014 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award.
Madelaine Dickie received a Prime Minister’s Australia Asia Endeavour Award in 2011, which allowed her to complete the novel while living in West Java, working with mentors at Universitas Padjadjaran and Universitas Islam Bandung. She has been visiting and living in Indonesia since her teens and rides for the surfboard company Treehouse Landscapes and Handshapes. Madelaine lives in Wyndham in Western Australia’s remote north and works for KRED Enterprises – a corporation that aims to assist Traditional Owners to secure long-term social economic independence. She won the City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Troppo – an award previously won by the likes of Gail Jones and Brenda Walker. Madelaine will be a guest of the Kimberley Writers Festival (September) and the Ubud Writers Festival (October). She will be appearing at the Great Big Book Club High Tea in Fremantle on Sunday 16 October.
To learn more about Troppo or buy a copy click here!