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I first learned of this incredible story when I listened to the podcast Lost in Larrimah. The book gives so much more detail and insight as the authors have done even more research and investigation into the unsolved Australian outback mystery. How does a man, who lives in a remote Northern Territory town with just 12 residents, simply disappear without a trace.
Through the authors' vivid writing, you can feel the oppossive heat, taste red bulldust and shiver in the outback darkness. I laughed out loud many times and other times stopped just to absorb the true craziness of the outback. A blind crocodile, endless snakes, exotic birds, a life sized Pink Panther and the tall stories that are mostly true. At times I feared for the authors' safety as they relentless pursued the truth of what happened to Paddy Moriarty.
Just loved this book. Having travelled the Stuart Highway many times and experienced Fran's pies, it was easy to relate to the places and people mentioned. It was funny, sad, but mostly an easy and thoroughly enjoyable read. Congratulations, will recommend it far and wide!
Amazing story that flowed so well. Totally possible due the country we live in, the people we meet and those we never meet, but can associate with. Great to have real localities that tell the story of our country that 99.9% of people can't relate to, but it's out there if you take the time to "smell the roses" as the saying goes.
Fact is stranger than fiction This is a fascinating story of a remote Australian town on a major highway on the edge of the "never never" Based on a factual account of an Australian mystery it is well written, entertaining and makes compelling reading. I couldn't put it down. You'll want to visit Larrimah just to savour the jam and scones.
Larrimah, I read, is a flyspeck on the map of the Northern Territory. It is on the Stuart Highway, 75 kilometres south of Mataranka and 95 kilometres north of Daly Waters. It was from this hot, barren place that Paddy Moriarty and his dog Kellie went missing at dusk on 17 November 2017. Neither Paddy nor his dog have been seen since.
‘Stories are usually sprawling, murky things.’
Journalists Caroline Graham and Kylie Stevenson won a 2018 Walkley award for their podcast ‘’Lost in Larrimah’, and then visited Larrimah to assist them in writing this book. While they did not find Paddy or solve his disappearance, they found plenty to write about in Larrimah. After Paddy disappeared, Larrimah only had eleven human residents. The menagerie at the Larrimah Hotel (aka The Pink Panther Pub) includes an eyeless croc and it is fair to say that each of the humans that lives in Larrimah is a character. Ms Graham and Ms Stevenson share some of the history of Larrimah (how and why it was established) and some of the stories they were told as they stayed in Larrimah, including speculation about what happened to Paddy and why.
I was intrigued by the mystery of Paddy’s disappearance, interested in the history of what seems to be a dying town and fascinated by some of the characters who live there. I am glad I read this book during a comparatively cool spring in eastern Australia: I doubt that I could be comfortable in the outback heat. Will we ever know what happened to Paddy? This year, the NT Police announced a $A250,000 reward for information. I wonder.
This book is an interesting blend of a mysterious disappearance and history, of people and place.
Rich with detail, whimsical and poignant, Larrimah reads like an Aussie yarn with its abundance of colourful, eccentric characters and unlikely sounding events, except this is a true story… well, in so far as the truth can be known.