For a long time Western Sydney has been the political flashpoint of the nation, but it has been absent from Australian literature. Luke Carman’s fiction is about to change all that: his monologues and stories tell it how it is on Australia’s cultural frontier. Carman’s hero hails, like his author, from a small mountain near the suburban city of Liverpool. He navigates his way through the complications of his divorced family, and an often perilous social world, with its Fobs, Lebbos, Greek, Serbs, Grubby Boys and scumbag Aussies. He loves Whitman and Kerouac, Dylan Thomas and Henry Rollins, and it shows – Carman’s own style is a wonderful amalgam, of swagger and uncertainty, poetry and street talk, thought and observation.