Professor Martin F. Mooney is a fading poster boy of the inner-city elites: Left-leaning, middle-aged and too frisky with his female students, he's looking for a way out of the university before he's pushed. Politics seems the obvious next step. Taking a sabbatical to work as election campaign manager for his girlfriend Lana, Martin soon learns to troll the depths of political chicanery: A rigged poll, paid agitators, secret alliances, media manipulation; is there anything he will not do in order to win? And in the end, will Martin choose love over betrayal in his quest for political victory? This contemporary satire set in Sydney, Australia is your perfect literary companion in the Trump-Brexit era.
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About the Author
Stuart Campbell began writing fiction in the eighties, but was diverted by the need to earn a living; those early literary efforts lie - thankfully - deep in landfill somewhere near London. After exiting the world of academia he restarted his affair with writing fiction in 2011. His first novel 'The Play's the Thing' is a satire set in Bandicoot Ridge, a mountain village in Australia which finds itself at the centre of a bitter political battle. It has been revised and republished in 2016 as 'The Making of Martin F. Mooney'. He switches the setting to England for his second novel 'An Englishman's Guide to Infidelity', a black comedy about middle-class morality gone wrong. His third novel 'Cairo Mon Amour', a story of espionage, betrayal and love during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, will be published by an international publisher in 2017. Stuart has also published an anthology of essays 'On Becoming a Butcher in Paris', available in paperback from CreateSpace. He is a member of the 'Write On!' writers group in Sydney, which recently published the paperback anthology 'With Gusto!', with an introduction by Stuart's alter ego the late Raymond Saucisson, editor of Charcuterie Monthly. Stuart was formerly a Professor of Linguistics and a Pro Vice Chancellor at Western Sydney University. He has published numerous books, chapters and research articles in the areas of translation studies and Arabic linguistics. Stuart holds the title of Emeritus Professor. Born in London, Stuart has lived in Sydney since the seventies.