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Newton, Robert

Being the son of an Army officer, Robert Newton spent his childhood moving to different postings around Australia, finally settling in Melbourne. After finishing school, Robert spent the next few years studying at university, travelling and trying his hand at various jobs. Thirteen years ago, he decided to join the Metropolitan Fire Brigade as a full-time fire fighter. When he’s not putting out fires, he likes to surf and write. He has a Black Belt in Karate and now lives in Elwood with his wife, Alannah and daughter, Molly. “My Name is Will Thompson” (2001) was his first novel, followed by “The Khaki Kid”, in 2002. His most recent novel, “The Punjabi Pappadum” was published by UQP in May 2003.
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The Khaki Kid

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Kevin Penfold is in control. At 11, he's in training to conquer Mt Everest, his 'Penfold Pulveriser' is world soccer's ultimate secret weapon and his best friend is the Italian Stallion. But control is as predictable as a world-cup qualifier, as Kevin discovers when his father moves out, his mum turns feral and Elvis enters his life ... soemtimes, when the game is on the line, the only solution is a radical change of tactics. Winning back control may not be easy, but it can be a whole lot of fun.


The Punjabi Pappadum

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"Dexter Macallister bit into a samosa dripping with mint sauce. Thousands of dozing tastebuds jumped to attention, popping off in his mouth like a kid let loose on bubble wrap." The legendary, mouthwatering Punjabi Pappadum is doing it tough against the flashy new Burger Barn. There’s something sinister going on and it’s down to best mates Veejay, Dexter and Travis to get to the bottom of it. And that’s not all they’ve got on their plate. When their band Deadly takes on the East Coast Rock Eisteddfod they discover there is more to singing than the Regional Boy’s Choir… A spicy and fun-filled adventure where food isn’t the only thing on the menu.