The Magic of It


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Release date 2011-08-29
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781921875373

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Revisiting his colonial past in Sydney, academic authority on magic Archer Major receives threatening letters. He gets creepy bookseller Mac Arber to hire Plant to investigate their source. When the letters continue, Major imports Plant to Oxford and sets him up in college. Unreconstructed radical Revill is the prime suspect. He claims Major ran a secret service project to neutralize dissidents by black magic, and ruined his career. And Major's dope-smoking wife, Lucy, seems to be having an affair with Revill. Until he is found dead.

‘With his previous Plant novel, The Prisoner of Mount Warning, Michael Wilding broke new ground. Plant investigates, not the petty individual crimes like kidnapping, murder or extortion, but the big picture – the intellectual and political follies of the age. True to the genre, Plant’s cases start small and grow but, unlike the books in which the bodies pile up, with Wilding the unstable underpinning of modern industrialised society is laid bare. And made hilariously funny.’ – Peter Corris 

‘A strange and twisted tale of international intrigue, government conspiracies, and ruthless academic backstabbing.’ – Irina Dunn

Author information

Michael Wilding

‘A career that is remarkable for how prolific and innovative it has been in so many areas, whether Wilding was working as a short story writer, novelist, critic, editor, commentator, anthologist, or publisher. Few Australian writers have successfully ventured so much and for so long. Moreover, a surprising coherence exists among this variety. Wilding’s work is driven by his political radicalism, which seems as much to do with a probing, sometimes acrid, intelligence, as sentiment.’ – Peter Pierce, Dictionary of Literary Biography


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