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New covers; Felafel and Babes

Posted September 13, 2015 into Books by John Birmingham

Next year would have been the 20th anniversary of the founding of Yellow Press, which became D&S, which in both imprints published my early share house novels. Michael Duffy decided to get out of the publishing biz while the gettng was good, though. He was always much smarter than me. Because those books still sell, they needed a new home and I wasn't quite ready to self publish them.

So, they are now with Momentum, PanMac's indy/ebook outfit. To mark the move, each got a new cover.

Chapter One also got renamed, for the US market.

22 Responses to ‘New covers; Felafel and Babes’

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted September 13, 2015
Call me old, set in my ways, and resistant to change - being more comfortable with the long-time familiar, but I don't like either cover.

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted September 13, 2015
Your time has passed, old man.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted September 13, 2015
God, I hope so.

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ShaneAlpha would have you know...

Posted September 13, 2015
So if JB wrote Falafel now would it still be a Falafel? Or would it be some sort of hipster nosh? He died with an artisanal goat cheese wrap just doesn't have the same ring.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mutters...

Posted September 14, 2015
It has a wonderful ring to it. What a great idea.

Lulu swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 14, 2015
He died with a pulled pork slider? He died with a single-origin pour-over drip coffee?

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted September 14, 2015
Yep. Exactly. Felafel and Tassie Babes are snap shots recording a specific moment in time. And that time is gone, replaced with something else. I think it would be fascinating to perform the same time/place/culture analysis that engendered Felafel and Tassie Babes on the Australia of today. Perhaps including some of the same characters. Who knows? Dirk could be a master of the universe today.

JG mumbles...

Posted September 14, 2015
Perhaps, He Died With An iPhone in His Hand.

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Rhino would have you know...

Posted September 13, 2015
Hmmmm, will my copies on kindle update?
<snort>
I crack me up.

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w from brisbane would have you know...

Posted September 13, 2015
People in book publishing know so much more than me about book publishing, but what is that black map of Tasmania doing dominating the Felafel cover? I really want to know. I want to learn and be better.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan is gonna tell you...

Posted September 14, 2015
The map of Tasmania, black or otherwise, features prominently in Felafel. It is the Tassie Babes Fiasco's mcguffin.

NBlob would have you know...

Posted September 14, 2015
And babes routinely deforest Tassie, so it resembles an isthmus. Or at least that is what I've learnt from Pr0n.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan reckons...

Posted September 15, 2015
I am not going to dignify that veiled obscene reference with a response, other than to observe that your comment seems to have a Brazilian aspect.

NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted September 16, 2015
No, that's just how I pronounce isthmus, it sound Portuguese with a strong German accent.

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balri swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted September 13, 2015
Will there be printed versions? Where can I get them?

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Murphy_of_Missouri asserts...

Posted September 13, 2015
Not a pube to be found.
I remember getting my copy and thinking, "Someone drew this on here with a bic pen." After a few minutes down in the dock office on 1000 Walnut I realized, nope, it was part of the cover.

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spokey is gonna tell you...

Posted September 14, 2015
What makes a cover JB? I noted with the different covers for Dave that different markets get more 'splodey etc.

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted September 14, 2015
Great question, Spokey. And one I could answer at length, but I have a column due and a plane to catch. I might respond in a separate entry.

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Rob is gonna tell you...

Posted September 14, 2015


I first read parts of the Tasmanian babes fiasco in Playboy magazine I think, when I moved to Australia. Probably the only time I read a magazine of the calibre for the articles. I think my brother in law gave it to me because it had an amazing cut out of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars in it and Pamela Anderson. Pamela Anderson became a motif at art school. While everyone painted Rothko styled swooshy gestural abstract paintings. I painted Pamela Anderson wrapped in American flags because you know, its art school.

Looking forward to buying a new print of the babes fiasco.

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Halwes reckons...

Posted September 14, 2015

only a sicko like me wants to buy a book with the underside of a cockroach on it. Tasmanian Babes would go like a scalded cat if it had some maps of tassie on it.

dweeze mumbles...

Posted September 15, 2015
...or a balded cat by NBlob's call above! Sickos indeed.

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Halwes mumbles...

Posted September 15, 2015

And the winner is ... The Liberal party for the next ten years! I just hope that the poisonous, deluded, little churchy grub, Kevin Andrews, is relegated to having no influence

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