The Red Hand

The Red Hand

Stories, Reflections and the Last Appearance of Jack Irish

by Peter Temple

Introduction by Michael Heyward

Published by: Text Publishing Company

352 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in

  • Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781922268273
  • Published: May 2020


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Peter Temple started publishing novels late, when he was 50, but then he got cracking. He wrote nine novels in 13 years. Along the way he wrote screenplays, stories, dozens of reviews. When he died in March 2018, there was an unfinished Jack Irish novel in his drawer. It is included in The Red Hand, and it reveals the master at the peak of his powers. The Red Hand also includes the screenplay of Valentine’s Day, an improbably delightful story about an ailing country football club, which in 2007 was adapted for television by the ABC. Also included are his short fiction, his reflections on the Australian idiom, a handful of autobiographical fragments, and a selection of his brilliant book reviews.