Martin Westley Takes A Walk

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Penguin Random House Australia, May 1, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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What if you were given the chance to wipe the slate clean?

People were supposed to remember who they were and where they lived. They were supposed to remember who loved them and who did not and where their grandmothers were born. Martin Jeremiah Westley didn't remember any of it, including the fact that he was Martin Jeremiah Westley.

Martin Westley has lost his memory and quite possibly his mind. He has a wife who despises him, a son who ignores him and a daughter who is drifting away. He has a nice house, a not-so-nice factory and an aggressively attractive mistress. But something is deeply, terribly wrong, and he knows he needs to make it right.

So Martin Westley walks. Along the way he picks up a cowboy hat, a sense of purpose, and an Indian who isn't really an Indian. And if he's lucky, he might just recover his life. A darkly comic parable about families and the wonderful opportunities errant action kites can provide to start life anew.

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User Review  - MargaretChapple - LibraryThing

A great premise! The chance to right all that is wrong in your life after a collision with a kite leads to partial amnesia. I liked that the walk was between Clovelly and Bronte. Unfortunately, after a very appealing beginning with so much potential, the last 100 pages seemed pretty pointless. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Andrew Humphreys has twice been named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's best young Australian novelists. His first novel, The Weight of the Sun, examined the relationship of a nose bleeder and his mask-wearing mother. His second novel, Wonderful, traced the glittering career of a movie star monkey and his perpetually drunken trainer, from Hungary via Africa to Hollywood's Golden Age. His third novel, Martin Westley Takes a Walk, is about a man named Martin Westley who takes a walk.

Andrew lives on Sydney's northern beaches with his partner and their twin sons. He has worked as a writer, editor and publisher of magazines including Rolling Stone and Soap World, but has insisted on calling himself a full-time writer of fiction since 2001, even though - despite the appearance of his novels in bookstores, and his short stories in publications such as Meanjin and the Griffith REVIEW - nobody (including his accountant) has ever believed him. If pressed, he will acknowledge that these days he is best described as a full-time father who writes books occasionally.

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