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Smythe's Theory of Everything

by Robert Hollingworth

Page Extent:308 pages
Book Size:198 X 130 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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In 2004 the author found a little diary of 386 pages written by a 62-year-old man in a nursing home. This story is inspired by that diary. E=mc2? Jack Smythe thinks Einstein is wrong and he has a theory to prove it. But he's no physicist. Instead, he's been a homeless kid, a palmreader, a cosmic theorist, a father of two (who probably aren't his) and a devoted companion to his sister Kitty who has her own demons. But now at 62, he wakes after an operation to find he's been placed at Eden, a below-average nursing home. Here he is confronted by Nurse Stinson, Collier the Hun, Pistol Pete, Skeleton Joe, Dooley the publican, Jim the ex-politician and Jim's rebel granddaughter, among others. He wants nothing to do with any of them. Instead, with wry wit Jack begins a story about Kitty starting with the day they ran away from home for good. It seems Jack is always running away and ultimately there's a daring escape at Eden. But unknown to Jack, it's the muddle of geriatrics at Eden that eventually put meaning in his life. About the Author Robert Hollingworth is a successful and talented visual artist as well as a respected writer. His more recent longer works include Nature Boy, self-published in 2004, and They Called Me The Wildman: The Prison Diary of Henricke Nelsen published in 2008 by Murdoch Books. This book was shortlisted for the South Australian Premier’s Literary Awards Fiction prize in 2010 as well as being selected for the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge List in 2009 and 2010. Hollingworth has excellent contacts throughout the media.