About

 

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Neal Drinnan was born in Melbourne, Australia, sometime in the 1960s. At seventeen he abandoned his family and education for the lure of life’s more ephemeral things (they lasted longer than he expected).

He has worked in publishing and journalism for many years. He is the author of six novels—Glove Puppet, Pussy’s Bow, Quill, Izzy and Eve and Rare Bird of Truth, Rural Liberties as well as The Rough Guide to Gay and Lesbian Australia and numerous short stories. Readers who find themselves shocked by the morality of his tales should perhaps spare a thought for the author and his diligent research. He is a regular commentator on issues surrounding life love and laughter but never politics if he can avoid it.

Drinnan is generally polite, well-spoken, and well-read (although not necessarily well-behaved) and—like vodka in tonic—he mixes freely and sometimes even glows in the dark.

In recent years Drinnan has replaced the urban chaos he once embraced so fervently for the relative peace of a tiny hamlet in the heart of Victoria’s Otway ranges. There he has run a B&B and a local bookstore, http://www.cowlick.com.au, while getting back to grass roots and writing for Otway Life Magazine. His latest novel Rural Liberties explores the impossibilities of gender and morality as they are riotously played out in a small Australian town. His current work-in-progress, Dry Sherry Dreaming is a memoir of growing up in Melbourne’s Dry Sherry Belt. It captures the charms and perversities of Melbourne’s aspirational classes in the 1960s and 70s.