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Publisher's Summary

The wildly impressive, raucously funny, and deeply moving second novel from award-winning writer, actor and director for television, theatre and film, Brendan Cowell, confirming the talent he showed in his best-selling debut novel from 2010, How It Feels.

Peter "The Plum" Lum is a 49-year-old ex-star NRL player, living with his son and girlfriend in Cronulla. He's living a pretty cruisey life until one day he suffers an epileptic fit and discovers that he has a brain disorder as a result of the thousand-odd head knocks he took on the footy field in his 20-year-career. According to his neurologist, Plum has to make some changes - right now - or it's dementia, or even death.

Reluctantly, Plum embarks on a journey of self-care and self-discovery, which is not so easy when all you've ever known is to go full tilt at everything. On top of this, he's being haunted by dead poets, and, unable to stop crying, discovers he has a special gift for the spoken word. With spectral visits from Bukowski and Plath, the friendship of local misfits, and the prospect of new love, Plum might just save his own life.

From award-winning writer, director, and actor, Brendan Cowell, Plum is a powerfully moving, authentic, big-hearted, angry, and joyous novel of men, their inarticulate pain, and what it takes for them to save themselves - from themselves. It's got a roaring energy, a raucous humour, a heart of gold and a poetic soul.

"Exploring masculinity and the healing power of language with great humour, grace and whimsy, Plum is a bighearted, raw and joyous take on what it means to be a man in modern Australia." (Sunday Times)

©2021 Brendan Cowell (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Brilliant. An Australian classic

Take a bow Brendan Cowell. What a masterpiece. Surely this gets made into a movie with Matt Nable playing Plum!

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Bloody brilliant!

Poetic through and through. Left me with tears in my eyes but joy in my heart. Can’t recommend highly enough!

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Captivating, emotional and so Aussie

I love listening to books that the author narrates, and Plum is no exception - Brendan Cowell is so engaging and nuanced in his storytelling. This is a brilliant book, one I will definitely revisit.

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The book I needed to read

What a great book. Excellent narration as well. Didn't want it to end. Highly recommended.

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OUTSTANDING

Incredibly written and some deep plot lines. I Couldn’t stop listening. Brendan is a genius

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One of the best pieces of fiction

Brendan Cowel has written an Australian classic that is up there with The Shiralee. It is a brilliant exploration of the Australian male psyche.

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