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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill

The setting 1930s Australia. A very traditional family background on the one side and someone who wants to kick up their heels on the other. Two brothers very different, different ideologies but both committed to family and loyal to each other trying to come to grips with each other's world.

Raymond Sinclair just wants to live his bohemian life the way he does. He does not intend to harm anyone by it, but his family is annoyed by it. He has a number of friends who for want of another word are hangers on, living on Raymond's wealth even at a time of economic depression with widespread unemployment.

Some of them have radical leanings and the Communist angle is not one that is popular in Australia. There is a movement on both sides of the fence to gain ascendency and how they gain it is immaterial. Unearthing a plot was by the way. Raymond's main purpose of going in as a spy was to find out how and for what reason his uncle by the same name was murdered. Uncovering a vast spy network in which he even suspects his strait laced elder brother was an eye opener for Raymond. At the same time getting out of it was equally difficult especially when you assume another person's name and identity.

A lot of Australian politics is involved in this story. I liked to follow it as it was totally new to me. May not be appealing to a lot of folk though. A bit detailed.

A big bonus for me was the author is of Sri Lankan origin. I am always looking out for authors originally from Sri Lanka.

Thanks to Netgalley for sending me this book for an unbiased review, courtesy of Pantera Press.


  1. I'm not sure about the Australian politics for me but this sounds like a terrific book for you.

  2. Sounds interesting. Glad you found a Sri Lankan author!

  3. I have this to read too, I’ve been meaning to read the series for a while,. Sulari at be Sri Lankan born but we claim her as our own ;)

  4. I love books set in Australia for some reason - I guess because it is so different for me. And I don't think I've ever encountered an author from Sri Lanka before!

  5. Sri Lankan origins only really! there are many out there Roma Stearne, Michael Ondaatje, Shyam Selvadurai, etc