The Straight and Narrow

By Simon Kirk

Comedy & satire, General fiction | eBook


As a child, Giovanni Salvatore harbours aspirations to be the next Michael Corleone. Thirty years on and one could say his aspirations are met. Well, sort of…. Since his humble beginnings, which include the Salvatore family moving from their native Italy to Australia, at the ripe age of sixteen Giovanni inadvertently becomes embroiled in a sea of devastation, which is the fuel for his uncompromising ascent to the top, as President of the Heaven’s End Motorcycle Club: Sydney’s longest running bikie gang. In a bid to clean up his beloved club and stay on the right side of the law, first Giovanni is required to relive some of those gut-wrenching moments of the past, none more divisive than reacquainting with his old amico and working class hero, Raymond “Razor” Reynolds, who himself is reinvigorated after serving a twenty year prison sentence and swapping the doldrums of the Silverwater Correctional Complex for the sunny climes of Queensland.


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As a child, Giovanni Salvatore harbours aspirations to be the next Michael Corleone. Thirty years on and one could say his aspirations are met. Well, sort of…. Since his humble beginnings, which include the Salvatore family moving from their native Italy to Australia, at the ripe age of sixteen Giovanni inadvertently becomes embroiled in a sea of devastation, which is the fuel for his uncompromising ascent to the top, as President of the Heaven’s End Motorcycle Club: Sydney’s longest running bikie gang. In a bid to clean up his beloved club and stay on the right side of the law, first Giovanni is required to relive some of those gut-wrenching moments of the past, none more divisive than reacquainting with his old amico and working class hero, Raymond “Razor” Reynolds, who himself is re...


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Greetings to all and sundry. To cut through the self-indulgence, I’ll quickly point out some facts. I derive from the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, inhabited a grotto in the sunny metropolis of Brisbane for a while until recently emigrating to the United Kingdom. My influences range from all corners. In terms of authors, Irvine Welsh, Haruki Murakami, John Irving, Christopher Moore, Tom Robbins and Robert Rankin occupy the summit. Influences outside the realm of the written word include Justin K. Broadrick, David Pajo, Tom Waits, Vincent Gallo, Emil Amos and Willis Earl Beal. Basically any artist willing to adopt a DIY ethos. Other than artists, just your run-of-the-mill average folk. Other interests include sport and a deep and somewhat disturbing penchant for Liverpool Football Club. When the Reds aren’t occupying my time, music, reading, test cricket, rugby league, basketball and spending time with my wife and cat usually are. What would persuade you to read my first published eBook, Borrowed Time? If you like the vulgarity of Irvine Welsh, the rawness of Robert G. Barrett and the humour of Escobar Walker, then Borrowed Time will be up your street. It’s a satirical encounter inspired by Regional Australia. It’s gritty realism with an Aussie spin. Pretentious, this is not. My second eBook, entitled The Straight & Narrow, is also available from all major vendors. The sequel for Borrowed Time, Welcome to Charmsville, is currently in the works.


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Greetings to all and sundry. To cut through the self-indulgence, I’ll quickly point out some facts. I derive from the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, inhabited a grotto in the sunny metropolis of Brisbane for a while until recently emigrating to the United Kingdom. My influences range from all corners. In terms of authors, Irvine Welsh, Haruki Murakami, John Irving, Christopher Moore, Tom ...


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