The wildly impressive, raucously funny and deeply moving second novel from award-winning writer, actor and director for television, theatre and film Brendan Cowell, confirming the talent he showed in his bestselling debut novel from 2010, How it Feels.
Peter ‘The Plum’ Lum is a 49-year-old ex-star NRL player, living with his son and girlfriend in Cronulla. It’s a pretty cruisey life until one day he suffers an epileptic fit and discovers that he has a brain disorder as a result of the thousand-odd head knocks he took on the footy field in his twenty-year-career. According to his neurologist, Plum has to make some changes – right now – or it’s dementia, or even death.
Reluctantly, Plum embarks on a journey of self-care and self-discovery, which is not so easy when all you’ve ever known is to go full tilt at everything. On top of this, he’s being visited by dead poets and discovers he has a special gift for the spoken word. With the friendship of Bukowski, Plath and some local misfits, Plum might just be able to stop hurting the ones he loves, and save his own life.
Written with a roaring energy, a raucous humour and a poetic soul by award-wining writer, actor and director Brendan Cowell, Plum is a powerfully moving, authentic, big-hearted, angry and joyous novel of men, their inarticulate pain, and what it takes for them to save themselves – from themselves.