Michael Milosovic, builder, amateur architect, developer, landowner and mayor of the Australian town Coddington St George (pop. 5,499) wants to be elected to the shire council and hence to the Queensland State Planning Committee. To achieve this ambition, he needs publicity. What better, he thinks, than making a community movie extolling the delights of life in Coddington St George. He’ll be the producer and the star. But there’s a problem. He knows nothing about movie making. So he hires Jack Wilcon, a Hollywood ‘producer’, to come to Coddington and make the movie.
In this hilarious satire on small-town politics and the lowest-of-low-budget movie making, Alexander Cade’s cast of quirky characters and insights into two very different worlds make A Town Like Ours a delight from start to finish.
You won’t rest until you know how this comedy of errors ends.
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What readers are saying:
“This is a great comic novel – the characters are well-drawn and the in-fighting of the miniature council trying to get a movie off the ground provides lively satire. There are some lovely quotable quotes to give you a taste: “The mayor lived in house in the style that could best be described as ‘Yugoslav Modern'” and “The Marilyn Ferguson String Ensemble attacked the music as if they were teaching it a lesson for being so difficult to play.” Definitely to be recommended as great entertainment.” Heather Jones
“A Town Like Ours by Alexander Cade is a droll look at big-city con men, small town hypocrites, and the fireworks that occur when they intersect. Cade has created an amazing, and amazingly flawed, cast of characters; impossible to love, but hard to turn away from.
This is a book that, once you start reading, is hard to put down. The pace varies, which is a good thing, because you’ll need the occasional break to recover from laughing at Jack’s misfortunes. A masterful job. Don’t miss this one.” Charles Ray, Awesome Indies Book Awards.
“Satire; this sketch on life is dripping with it. Factually, there are no unflawed, boringly normal, characters in the entire and wide cast of this book. Every one of them is easily mockable. The page to page writing is very good, the story so ridiculous though so human that you sort of know that all the elements are plausible and common, though rarely if ever so concentrated even in one small backwater on the road from and to only marginally less isolated nowhere.
The writing is well enough structured that the reading is effortless and entertaining. Description is crisp and focused. Characters are all individualistic enough to be remembered or, if we have been distracted, to be easily reminded of in one or two clear phrases. One comic pratfall flows effortlessly into the next, so that I could not help but find myself in the final chapters almost before I knew what a totally ridiculous ride Cade was taking me on.” Richard Bunning
“I found myself chuckling away at this satire of a small town with big ambitions. If you have any experience of small town politics or the film industry, you’ll be chuckling too. I know nothing about politics, but I do know the film industry, hence my chuckles. It’s all too recognisable and believable, and manages to be humorous without being silly. In fact, beneath the humour is, as with all good satire, a pointed social commentary.” Tahlia Newland
About the Author
Alexander Cade is the pen name of an author who writes mystery stories set in Regency England. Other titles written under this name are Turn Up a Stone.
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