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'Love in the Years of Lunacy is a novel set in Sydney during World War Two. The protagonist is a teenage saxophonist, Pearl, who has just met an African-American GI, James Washington. James is a far more accomplished jazz saxophonist than she and, in the chapter published here, Pearl is preparing to go on her first date with him.' - Mandy Sayer.
Gillian Mears reflects on being photographed lying unclothed under a mirror with a red balloon. 'The invitation from photographer Vincent Long arrived early in 2009. Would I be interested in taking part in his portrait series of Australian writers? Each participant would appear with a helium-filled red balloon, a kind of homage to the Lamorisse film, as well as symbolising in some sense the writer's muse.' Source: Gillian Mears