Author(s): Anson Cameron
A hilarious memoir and a crash-investigator's report into how not to be a boy. Anson Cameron was born in the Victorian town of Shepparton in 1961, the son of a country lawyer and an English rose. Through the shoeless neighbourhoods and surrounding forests, sipping a Blue Heaven milkshake, shooting at anything that moves, and singing an Irish Rovers song, this boy wends his way smiling and lying and creating chaos in his wake. He joins a peeing club and becomes a tycoon of urine; assassinates the Cisco Kid; keeps a deaf man as an entertainment; starts a war between hags; electrocutes a friend's mother; and has a Bodgie clubbed by the police before he is seven. His war on schoolteachers means he is forced to cycle home from school dyed a different colour every day. At high school, with a maturing political outlook, he joins a gang of Anglos to fight a war on Wogs. There is hardly a trap of vanity into which he doesn't fall. With a wry narrator and a cast of rural originals, Boyhoodlum is a clear window into a time and place. It is the story of a family and a town through the eyes of a boy who laughed at them and loved them equally.
Anson Cameron has written five critically acclaimed novels: Silences Long Gone, Tin Toys, Confessin' the Blues, Lies I Told About a Girl, and Stealing Picasso, as well as two collections of short stories, Nice Shootin' Cowboy and Pepsi Bears and Other Stories. His most recent novel is The Last Pulse (2014). He was born in Shepparton in 1961 and lives in Melbourne where he writes a column for the Age newspaper.