Author(s): Debra Oswald


Sullivan Moss is useless. Once a charming underachiever, he's now so hopeless that he even fails his attempt to end it all. Waking up in hospital after falling the wrong way on a rooftop, he comes to a decision. After a life of regrets, Sully wants to do one useful thing. If he can't make something of himself, maybe someone else can. He's going to donate a kidney to a stranger. As he scrambles over the hurdles to become a donor, Sully almost accidentally forges a new life for himself. Sober and employed, he makes new friends and begins to patch things up with old ones. But altruism is not as easy as it seems. Just when he thinks he's got himself together, Sully discovers there are more temptations than ever to fall apart. From the creator of Offspring comes a smart, moving and wry portrait of one man's desire to make a difference. 'Debra Oswald it the master of character.' Eddie Perfect 'Brimming with insight, mesmerizing, and above all, true.' Geraldine Brooks 'With characteristic charm, wit and humanity, Debra Oswald has crafted an irresistible story of metamorphosis.' Nick Earls 'An expert story-teller ...Useful is a very funny and entertaining novel that also gets you right in the heart (and in the kidneys).
' Malcolm Knox 'Wry, moving and clever, this is an interesting and funny rumination on life, friendship and people's capacity for change.' Weekend Post


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Debra Oswald is a writer for stage, television and fiction. She is co-creator and head writer of the successful TV series Offspring which recently finished its fifth season. Debra won the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Award for the Offspring tele-movie script and the 2014 AACTA for Best TV Screenplay for the final episode of series 4. Her other television credits include award-winning episodes of Police Rescue, Palace of Dreams, The Secret Life of Us, Sweet and Sour and Banana in Pyjamas. Debra's stage plays have been produced around Australia. Gary's House, Sweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award and Dags has had many productions. Gary's House has been performed in translation in Denmark and Japan. Mr Bailey's Minder was produced in Philadelphia in 2008. Debra has written three plays for young audiences - Skate, Stories in the Dark (NSW Premier's Play Award in 2008) and House on Fire. She is the author of three 'Aussie Bite' books and six novels for teenage readers, and the novel Useful, published in 2015..

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  • : 9780143573739
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : January 2016
  • : 199mm X 130mm X 21mm
  • : Australia
  • : January 2016
  • : books

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  • : Debra Oswald
  • : Paperback
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