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The Tin Moon [Kindle Edition]

Stephen Lacey

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Book Description

Set against the backdrop of an urbanizing Australia in 1969, The Tin Moon is the brilliant, humorous story of a boy just trying to make sense of his parents, his teachers, and his new neighbors. While Neil Armstrong is landing on the moon and the Vietnam War is raging on television, Jimmy Smith is most concerned with wreaking havoc on the "city people" who are gentrifying his country village, the hippies living in a bus, and understanding how his parents can be so absurd. Filled with humor, nostalgia, and the search for meaning that lies at the heart of childhood, The Tin Moon is an extraordinary debut novel from a great new talent.


Once Nanna took me on the train to Sydney. When we were getting near the city I could see down into people's backyards. They were all held apart by rusty corrugated iron. Nobody grew any vegetables. There wasn't room for anything at all except for a washing line and a dunny.

'Yards like pocket handkerchiefs,' Nanna said.
'We won't have to worry about going to the city, the city's coming to us'.

Jimmy Smith runs like the wind, sings like an angel and wears a gas mask in his father's valiant. He knows the winner of every Melbourne Cup, eats Choo Choo Bars and tends to his ant farm.

Jimmy lives with his extended family in the country village of Point Henry. It's 1969. Neil Armstrong has just landed on the moon and Vietnam War is raging on television sets across the world. But Jimmy is concerned with matters closer to home... the 'city people' are coming, bringing their pole houses and cul-de-sacs with them.

The Tin Moon is much more than a rollercoaster ride of wickedness, love, parental stupidity and everything it means to be a boy. It's a search for meaning, and the sacred spaces of childhood amidst the shrinking fibro frontier.

Editorial Reviews


'This book made me laugh out loud (a rare treat) and reminded me of the idiotic things we did as kids. A sadly funny example of top shelf Australian fiction.
Highly recommended'.
Reg Mombassa

--Reg Mombassa

'Stephen has literally shoved the serrated-edged bread knife into his guts and tipped his cruets onto the plate with this magnificent novel The Tin Moon'.
H.G. Nelson --H.G. Nelson

Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The Word Empire (November 25, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YDU5HM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,315,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Stephen Lacey was born in 1963 at Gosford on the NSW Central Coast.

He has a Masters Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney.

While at University, his first poems appeared in Southerly and later, Westerly, Cordite, Ulitarra and Quadrant. In 2000 Lacey gained first prize in the Max Harris Literary Awards, for his 'Boatshed' series. He has twice won the Henry Kendall Poetry Competition.

After leaving University, Lacey worked as a TV researcher and in PR before forming his own media company - The Word Empire. His journalism appears in such diverse publications as The Good Weekend, The Sunday Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sunday Telegraph. The feature articles are often accompanied by photographs taken by his photographer wife, Marianne.

In 2000 Lacey was awarded Sydney University's Arthur Macquarie Travelling Scholarship to study Creative Writing at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. He passed up the scholarship to stay home and write his first novel...The Tin Moon (Published by Simon and Schuster in May 2002).

His second novel, Sandstone (published by Hachette Livre in 2005) was short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

Lacey's third novel, Henry Loves Jazz was published by MUP in 2009, while his fourth, Henry Goes to Hollywood is due out in 2011.

Stephen can be contacted through his website -


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