Thursday, 22 June 2017

The Monsters

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The Monsters (2001) Post 173

The Monsters is the story of the First Fleet's arrival in Botany Bay as recounted by an old kangaroo. As he rests on his tail in the sun, he recalls his young days, when he was not long from the pouch. His mother taught him to listen to the Old Man, his father, and together they told him the things a joey needs to know to survive. Watch out for the fast ones, the two-legs, the wild one and the bitter water... The old man didn't warn the joey about the monsters that came on the great white wings. Soon there was nothing left to do but to move far away from the new danger. Now the storyteller is old, and he wonders if the monsters are still at the cove.
This little story was an exercise in telling a story from an unexpected angle. All things are relative, and for every settler despairing of losing food to the local wildlife, there's an equally discombobulated kangaroo whose life has been upset.

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Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. If you enjoyed a post, or want to ask about any of my books or my manuscript assessment service, leave me a message.


  1. This is certainly an interesting way to show history to young students from a new angle.

  2. I always like looking at things from different perspectives


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