Made in Australia

Rated 4.75/5 based on 5 reviews
"Australia and Ireland....two great countries joined at the funny-bone."

At a rundown Municipal swimming pool, an overweight, sixty year old swimming coach squints at the sky and dreams of his only son representing Australia in the Olympic Games…

...and so begins the compelling and hilarious times of Max O'Bannion, a story to make you laugh and cry.

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About Chris Kennedy

Chris Kennedy is a well known Australian film maker. He has written, directed and produced four feature films.
His best known movie "Doing Time for Patsy Cline" opened the Sydney Film Festival, won the Australian Writer's Guild Award for the best original film script, and won the San Diego Film Festival Award for the best original screenplay. It also received three Film Critics of Australia Awards and five AFI Awards.
His movie "A Man's Gotta Do" won the audience-vote Zenith Award at the Montreal Film Festival.
Chris has twice received Australian Film Institute nominations for best original screenplay, and won numerous other writing and film making awards, both in Australia and elsewhere.
He lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.
This is his first novel.


Review by: Dave Sheen on June 13, 2011 :
This book totally ruined last weekend as I was unable to put it down (apart from when I had to go for the tissue box)
Luck it has plenty of laughs or I would have been a total wreck. I love the time frame, and the way it brought in current affairs... and the way of thinking... because it is so recent, you don't read about it often. And it had the most wonderful 'men's business'.
My husband is allowed to read it now... I'm dying to know what he thinks.
Michelle Fernon... Wagga NSW
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: AnneR on June 06, 2011 :
In George O "Bannion"s words "there are two types of people, those who are willing to have a go and those who are not". Chris, you had a go and proved yourself to be a talented writer as well as film producer. An amusing and enjoyable read. How about a sequel or maybe a film?

Anne Robertson
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Thomas Bagot on May 10, 2011 : (no rating)
I have picked up and put down dozens of books in the last year including two by Baldacci because they bored me silly. I am very impatient. This book has drawn me back. To me it approaches being an important Fringe of Leaves by Patrick White. The period and the events covered have made an immeasurable difference to Australia and some of the strengths and characteristics covered need to be held in the present and into the future. This book covers, shows and enlivens important characteristics which sometimes seem in danger of vanishing.
Thomas Bagot
PhD (MGSM) MEngSc (UNSW, BSc (Comp Sc) NDT (UNISA)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Carol Smith on April 28, 2011 :
Chris, thank you so much for your beautiful book. Please write a sequel. I wish this story had never ended. It was powerful and funny and I could not help but be there with the O'Bannion family. They all just came alive off the page. I hope you make this great story into a movie so other people can have the great memories, plus relive their childhood as I did.... boy, how I cried when Elvis I cheered when 'Sydinee' was awarded the olympic Games! I'm glad I did not miss out on this great read. I will never recycle it, as you can just re read it anytime, and always enjoy it.
Carol Smith Sydney
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: ktk on April 19, 2011 :
You sent a paper copy of your book on the proviso I told you what I thought of it.... I so enjoyed getting to know Max and his life. I guess I loved him and hated him in equal measure. There was his honesty, but also his dagginess. His unconstructed nature, but also his humour. I guess that means he was complex, like all of us.I was going to give the copy back so you could send it to someone else for their reading pleasure, but I'm afraid I've just given it to a lovely Irishman from Concord who built me a fence this week. Sorry.
Sandy George. Journalist SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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