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  • Refreshing glimpses.

    Harbour Glimpses deserves and should get a wide readership. It portrays vibrantly the joys and contradictions of growing up in harbourside Sydney. Scully blends a natural wit with a storyteller skill. As one who lives in the extraordinarily privileged landscape in which he sets his story I can vouch that he does it justice. The plot traverses some perennial Aussie tensions not all of them peculiar to Australia. The hero/ narrator is the only child of a highly successful politician;the ripples spreading from the relationships around that central and dominating presence are explored with sensitivity and nuance. Scully brings into the fabric of his story bizarre features of the Catholic Protestant aversions and prejudices that permeate private schools and social interactions among Sydney elites, some of which survive to this day. Although the novel sustains a good level of dramatic tension, for me among its greatest strengths are it's manifest delight in the wind blown delights of being young on the Harbour foreshore. Scully has produced a mature work,plentifully peppered with a dry wit. I give Harbour Glimpses a high rating; it is well worth a wide readership both in Australia and anywhere that someone wants to get a glimpse into what shapes the lives of so many privileged Sydneysiders.

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