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In Turkey I Am Beautiful – 2008

Two years after his first visit, travel writer Brendan Shanahan returned to Turkey. After catching up with old friends in Istanbul, he set off on a journey in the country’s secretive east where, among other adventures, he found himself in the middle of a gunfight, was propositioned by a gang of teenage boys and swam to Armenia in his underpants. Returning to Istanbul, Brendan agreed to run a friend’s carpet shop. With only the dubious help of a loveable but wildly unstable drug addict, the results were occasionally disastrous, frequently hilarious and often poignant.

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The Secret Life of the Gold Coast – 2004

In Less than fifty years a tiny holiday town of fibro shacks and mangrove swanps has grown to become a city of almost a million people and an embodiment of our unquenchable lust for surf, sun and sand.

Set against a backdrop of marina developments for the near-dead, a rampant drug culture, the underground porn industry and the anarchy of schoolies week, The Secret Life of the Gold Coast is a disturbing but often comical expose that thralls the underbelly of Gold Coast life while pondering the elusive nature of Paradise and the unexpected consequence of our desires.

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