Vinyl Inside

Vinyl inside
Vinyl inside

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You’re destined to fall in love with this quirky, bittersweet story of Elsie and Sterling and caravan park life in the ’80s.

What happens when the daughter you thought you would never see again turns up twenty years later? Dania’s arrival at Splashes Caravan Park in search of her mother forces the novel’s loveable characters to face the reality of their lives and to come to terms with the nature of regret…

Brimming with delicious pop-culture references, this a story told with great warmth, humour and respect. Vinyl Inside is by turns hilarious, moving and unforgettable; a novel that allows us to feel affection for our past innocence and to ponder what has been lost and gained.

Publication Info

ISBN: 9780975022894

paperpack: 251pp

Publication Date:

01/12/2007

Categories: Fiction

Publisher: Transit Lounge

Matthews avoids the customary cynicism that tends these days to come standard with writing about matters of the heart…
The recreation of Elsie’s family is poignant and the portrait of her bewildered father exquisite.

The Age

An impressive, earthy first novel. Rachel Matthews has a nice ear for dialogue and creates a warm and witty piece of Australiana. Sterling and Elsie are the sort of characters other authors make fun of, but Matthews shows them the respect they deserve.

Herald Sun

An impressive, earthy first novel. Rachel Matthews has a nice ear for dialogue and creates a warm and witty piece of Australiana. Sterling and Elsie are the sort of characters other authors make fun of, but Matthews shows them the respect they deserve.

Sydney Morning Herald

Rachel Matthews has fashioned a book that is full of marvellous characters and warmth, humour and wisdom. The eighties were a lot of fun after all!

William McInnes
Herald Sun
Sydney Morning Herald
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‘Rachel Matthews’s novel is as warm as a caravan park barbecue grill, with characters that encourage the reader to keep inserting the twenty cent pieces. A terrific, compelling read.’

Tony Wilson, Author of Players

‘The 1980s were shaped by Reaganomics, Thatcherism and a ‘greed is good’ excuse to be selfish, but this impressive first novel stays inside a marginalised culture of the time.’

Ian McFarlane, Canberra Times

‘An endearingly written book about an assortment of lovable, and very Australian, characters.’

Kerryn Goldsworthy, Sydney Morning Herald

‘Vinyl Inside is my kind of book. Genuinely affectionate, authentic and funny.’

Tom Gliesner, author of Phaic Tan and The Warwick Todd Diaries, screenwriter of The Castle and The Dish

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