John Synott - The Fake Prince
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.
Councillor for the Gabba Ward, Jonathan Sri will launch John Synott's debut novel The Fake Prince.
Ariki Will Summers is an FPP – Fantasy Prone Personality – who believes that he is a Tahitian Prince. Employed as a Queensland public servant, he steals project funds and lives his dream of a celebrity lifestyle. Ariki splurges on shopping, casinos and generous gifts; and experience a Royal Wedding, the Brisbane Floods, and much more.
After getting involved with Maureen Tamar, an environmental journalist, Ariki wakes up to greater needs than his own. He is inspired to commit the biggest public-service fraud in the state’s history and donate the money to save the Earth for future generations. The Fake Prince tackles issues of identity, consumerism and bureaucracy and asks: “ Is it justifiable to steal from the state to promote worthy causes?”
The Fake Prince is a 21st Century fable from Australia’s New World City – Brisbane ̶ that will keep you smiling and even chuckling as you follow Ariki’s journey from ignorance to insight, from egotism to altruism, and a whole lot of love.
“Through the tale of his charming hero, John Synott explores the nature of crime, celebrity and restitution.” Irina Dunn, Director, Australian Writers’ Network.
John Synott took up writing fiction in 2010 after following an academic career for four decades in universities in Australia and other nations. During that period as a teacher, researcher, scholar and leadership roles in international organisations, he published six non-fiction books, many chapters and journal articles. He held academic appointments in Australian universities in Brisbane, Armidale, and Sydney, as well as Port Moresby (PNG), Busan, (South Korea), and Castellon (Spain). He was inaugural editor of the Journal of Peace Education and on the editorial and production team of Social Alternatives, including poetry editor for two decades. He has published poetry in journals and newspapers and In Order of the Seasons: Selected Poems, in 2011. The Fake Prince is his first published novel, with The Coiled Ring scheduled for publication by 2020.