James Douglas O’Flaherty (Jimmy) walks outside his house one evening on his way to dinner and is killed when a tree branch falls on his head. The branch would have missed him if only he hadn’t returned to his house moments before to turn off a light, which he’d only done because a podcast he had listened to six months earlier about the dire consequences of global warming had inspired him to make a difference. This difference would cost him his life, but it was not the only decision that contributed to his death. Everything he did that day determined the exact sequence of events that led to his death. In fact, everything he did throughout his entire life, including his unlikely birth and conception, contributed to his death.
Even more important to Jimmy’s life (and thus also his untimely death) was the Big Bang and the creation of life on earth with the True Nature of the Universe finally exposed for what it truly is.
The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O’Flaherty is an absurdly funny and occasionally poignant satire about life, the universe and random chance… and climate change. It will change the way you think.
The book launch for my latest novel The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O’Flaherty – was held on Thursday 2 March 2017 at 6.30pm at the Woo Social Club, Level 4, 11 Randall Street, Surry Hills
We kicked off proceedings with a short reading, some light-hearted discussion of the book and the motivations behind it, along with the music of various artists including the Beatles and Bob Dylan (who was a surprise attendee). The night was a great success with all books sold and the writer struggling to come up with a different inscription in every book.
Thanks to Wollongong radio star Lachlan Kitchen for hosting the event, Richard Powell of Brown Paper Wine (http://picbear.com/brownpaperwine) for supplying plenty of delicious wine and making sure all were suitably intoxicated (to buy the book), my father for speaking “glowingly” about my career as a writer, and my mother and sister for providing the snacks that managed to placate the rumblings of stomachs.
And special thanks to Laura from Woo Social Club for hosting at such a great venue – here is a link to her write up: https://woosocialclub.com.au/2017/03/meat-mud-mardi-gras/