Where Angel Fears To Tread

by Robert Perrier

Frank Angel is a hit man for a syndicate of Brisbane high-fliers. Whenever the spirit takes him, Angel can afford to travel to Europe to indulge in his passion for classical art and music.  When he meets art gallery attendant Simone Laverne, his world begins to unravel. Update Saturday, June 13, 2020. Here’s a Q&A interview with the author for book clubs and media. 

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You can request through your favourite bookshop. Cite the ISBN-13: 978-0-6485191-2-6 and ask them to email us for copies to info@h-a-r-p-o.com.au or call us on 33003939.

Eccentric Voices: A scrapbook of Brisbane cultural history 1965–1995

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Eccentric Voices records the battles to drag Brisbane out of the past, to break out of the bible-bashing boredom of a public culture dominated by old blokes in bad hats, crooked cops and ladies in league against communism. Sixteen essays and a timeline of the period, 278 pages, full colour throughout. For more information call  Anne Jones 0438 047 910 or email anne@toadshow.com.au

The Cane Toad Times: Warts and All Best of collection 1977-1990

Edited by John Jiggens, Anne Jones, Damien Ledwich, Matt Mawson, Robert Whyte

This anthology is full-colour throughout, A3 size, 56 pages, with a cover by Matt Mawson, introductory essays on the First and Second Collectives, the final previously unpublished episode of Killer Greely by Dave Tyrer, plus the best material from all 22 editions including reproductions of the covers, lots of cartoons, stupid quizzes and strange lists.

Originally published in 2005, Warts and All was reprinted in November 2011 to coincide with the State Library of Queensland exhibition, Cane Toad Times: Poking Fun in a Police State.

“I enjoyed The Cane Toad Times and admired its editors and contributors. Public humour based on truth, ‘telling the truth laughing’, is a very effective means of dissent and provides a welcome respite from the incessant cacophony produced by party politicians, shock-jocks, pundits, opportunists and the other ‘usual suspects’. Cartoons in particular are a quintessentially Australian larrikin response to authoritarianism.”
Tony Fitzgerald

The cost is $39.95 (including postage within Australia). Limited copies. First come, first served. Buy now or face a lifetime of regret.


A novel by Robert Whyte

Written between 1973 and 1985, Manacles draws together thoughts, experiences and literary influences from this very volatile time in Brisbane’s history. Published in 1985, Manacles is a mix of Brisbane scenes, Flann O’Brien “novel within a novel” structure and Joycean internal monologue. Mostly the novel is a collection of vignettes describing the lives of three close friends called James, Charles and Maria.

The cost is $20 (including postage within Australia) for an original copy published in 1985.

“A remarkable small-press offering that deserves a wider audience. This novel is a contemporary portrait of the artist which questions the very notions of art and writing. It calls into question, humorously and imaginatively, the processes of its own production: the author struggles with his own often uncooperative characters and with an increasingly confusing plot. Meanwhile Brisbane burns and a killer bus is on the loose… A cult novel for those in the know.”
Good Reading Guide

Black and White Night Owls

Songwriter producer Jordon Rothstein won best film score for the film Union in the NYU Film Festival, was music supervisor for independent film Falling Sky, starring Karen Allen and Brittany Murphy and has worked with The Gorillaz as a musician and music supervisor. He teaches piano and performs as a jazz pianist in the New York City area.

Black and White Night Owls inhabit the cities of the future in which the sunset is no longer colourful due to staff shortages and dwindling supplies of magic crayons. Never without humor, always with a glimpse of the darker side, Black and White Night Owls is fashioned from mysterious, spiralling reflections on life. Download this free sample.

 h.a.r.p.o. (how about resisting powerful organisations) is a new Australian venture created by Robert Whyte and Anne Jones to publish books featuring Brisbane, especially Brisbane Noir.

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Photo left to right: Robert “Bomber” Perrier with Where Angel Fears To Tread, Anne Jones with Eccentric Voices: A scrapbook of Brisbane cultural history 1965–1995 and Robert Whyte with Where Angel Fears To Tread