Author(s): Matthew Condon
After several lifetimes of living anonymously in the outback, Wildred Lampe is finally marked out for greatness in his hundredth year by the Sydney Olympic Committee who need an Australian everyman for their opening ceremony. On the verge of becoming a legend, Wilfred Lampe is in his paddock when a freak accident looks likely to rob him of his chance. Helpless in his hospital bed, Wilfred discovers he has a great-niece, the wild and troubled Aurora. She has come to take him home, where he belongs. As Wilfred and Aurora criss-cross Australia in a clapped-out old Humber Vogue, Wilfred comes face to face with the new Australia, and Aurora, enmeshed in the complex social problems of a modern world, is taught how to repair her life.
A stunning epic novel that tells the story of the Twentieth Century through Australian eyes
Sensual, sweet, creepy, The Trout Opera is a triumph A significant and moving achievement The Australian Literary Review A vividly descriptive and masterfully constructed narrative...An insightful, brilliant Australian novel destined to become a classic Australian Bookseller An instant classic...A gorgeous glorious epic, beautifully but accessibly written...A towering achievement The Herald Sun As it shifts across ages and characters, this grand historical narrative plays out over the century's stage. In emotional reach it plumbs the deepest recesses of the beautiful and horrible human heart. A glowing set piece of very moving prose what sets in motion this vast and magnificently Australian saga of one man's life on the Snowy River The Age Bold and impressive...A marvellous achievement, epic in scope. His writing is strong and assured. Page after page delivers scenes and characters that shimmer with dramatic potential in prose that is breathtakingly lyrical Weekend Australian Wonderful bursts of lyrical description, occasionally profound, often provocative and always involvingly and entertaining readable The Advertiser The writing shifts from the historical epic to the gothic and the literary detective story...A big novel in size and scope. One of the pleasures of the novel is Condon's ability to make his various narrative strands unique in style while giving the overall novel the shape and resonance of an opera The Courier Mail There's a lot of heart in this novel, as well as humour, social commentary, mood, lyricism, wit, delightful dialogue and some fabulous set pieces that leave indelible images Australian Sunday Telegraph
Matthew Condon was born in Brisbane in 1962 and has lived in the UK, Germany and France. He is the author of several novels and short story collections, including The Motorcycle Cafe, A Night at the Pink Poodle, The Pillow Fight and Lime Bar. He is the recipient of two Steel Rudd awards for short fiction.