Comrades

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Romeo and Juliet amidst university campus politics.

 
Comrades, Dominic Knight

Romeo and Juliet amidst university campus politics.

Sydney University is Australia's pre-eminent finishing school for politicians, and its Students' Representative Council is the nursery where generations of future leaders have cut their first dodgy preference deals and performed their first backstabbings.

Comrades is the story of one student President, Eddie O'Hara, and the brutal struggle to replace him. A menagerie of campus lefties and Liberals battle for the spoils, along with one candidate who makes the peculiar decision to campaign dressed as a rooster. Principles are abandoned, loyalties forgotten and party lines crossed until the blood of all the candidates but one soaks the sandstone cloisters of Australia's oldest university.

And all the while, the decades-old institution itself is under threat from some fully-grown politicians in the Federal Parliament who are determined to drain the lifeblood from political crèches like the Sydney Uni SRC by stripping them of their funding . . .

Comrades is the story of an election that's contested as fiercely as though it were for President of the United States, not Sydney University. It's also an affectionate portrait of student life, with its lofty idealism, constant hedonism and irrepressible humour.

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  • Trade Paperback
    $32.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781863256407
    Published: 02/08/2010
    Imprint: Bantam Australia
    Extent: 336 pages
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    ISBN: 9781742740904
    Published: 02/08/2010
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Adult
    Extent: 336 pages
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Dominic Knight

Dominic Knight

Dominic Knight is the Evenings presenter on 702 ABC Sydney and ABC Local Radio NSW/ACT. He has worked on The Chaser's creative projects in media, including print, online, stage, radio, television and karaoke videos. He wrote his novels - Disco Boy, Comrades and Man Vs Child - largely because he enjoys boasting at dinner parties that he is a novelist.

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