The Boys of Bullaroo
The Boys of Bullaroo
The Boys of Bullaroo is a collection of six short stories, each set a decade apart, spanning the period from the Great War to the Vietnam conflict.
Linked by an outback Australian town, Bullaroo, the narratives follow the loves, the losses, and the sexual awakenings of men over the course of sixty years.
From the deserts of Egypt and the Light Horse, to prisoner of war camps during the Second World War, and to the flood of American servicemen on R&R during the age of conscription in the 1960s, these tales explore the nature of what it is to love, and to be loved by other men.
Razor gangs, male prostitution, and the immediate post-war flood of emigrants from southern Europe are some of the themes that contribute to the colour and private lives of husbands, brothers, sons, and lovers over the course of the century, told from a unique, Australian perspective.
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The Boys of Bullaroo by Garrick Jones is so beautifully written that at times it took my breath away. It offers a glimpse into Australian gay life during, before, and after the world’s wars where men are shunted off to battle, then left to their own devices to gather up the pieces of their shattered lives after the fighting is over. Before I purchased this book the author warned me it was not a romance. I humbly beg to disagree. I found a lot of romance in this book. And a lot of love. The gay erotica scattered throughout is some of the best I’ve ever read, bar none. I don’t know what I expected when I opened this book, but I do know I didn’t expect to be touched as much as I was. It’s a little humbling to be a writer yourself, and then come face to face with such excellent and beautiful storytelling. One more thing. This book is perfectly edited. Many aren’t, you know. So there you have it. I can’t recommend this book enough. Well done, Mr. Jones. Your book is wonderful.
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Click on the photo to read one of my blog articles about the writing of The Boys of Bullaroo. It was an interview for a fellow writer’s blog page and gives some insight to the background to the stories and my personal connection to some of them.