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Philip's third novel, Waiting, has received six outstanding reviews - in The Australian, The Age/Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian Book Review, The Saturday Paper, the West Australian and in TEXT Journal. Reviewers have been impressed by the novel's extraordinary characters and the overall wit and compassion of the writing. They also focus on the novel's unique sociological context: of outsiderness and rooming houses. It is a strikingly different book. One book club ordered 48 books (!) and Waiting seems perfect for book club discussion.
NEWS: Waiting has just been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. The Wheeler Centre site has all the information, plus these words from judges
"At times cerebral, at times hilarious, and at times devastating, Waiting is peopled with misfit characters who have often been maligned by society. Salom takes great risks with language, plot and pacing, and his poet’s flair for expression resonates through much of the novel. This book is philosophical, erudite and serious, but never takes itself too seriously – a fine and difficult balance to achieve."
Several reviews of Waiting can be found on the Puncher and Wattmann website. This was the first off the rank.
Peter Pierce reviews Waiting in The Australian