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The Summer Exercises is an illustrated novel, featuring over 100 carefully selected black and white crime scene photographs of post-World War II Sydney that capture a world of underground Australian crime.
When Ross Gibson first came across the compelling images, generated by NSW Police in the course of their investigations between 1945–1960, he found it fascinating that no accompanying documentation existed. His intrigue inspired him to write The Summer Exercises, blending fiction and non-fiction to suggest the stories behind each photograph in the form of diary entries made by a civilian chaplain during his summer tenure at Central Street Police Station.
Lovers of crime fiction, archival photography, experimental writing and Australian history will enjoy the blending of fictitious entries accompanied by real images of post-war Sydney.
Shortlisted – 2010 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Innovation Award)
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Praise for The Summer Exercises:
Superbly produced, highly innovative publication.
MARION MAY CAMPBELL, AUSTRALIAN BOOK REVIEW