Before Rupert Murdoch married Jerry Hall and Tony Abbott was Prime Minister of Australia, enterprising shoe salesman Bert Smith got an offer he couldn’t refuse—to live the high life in Melbourne’s premier suburb—Toorak!
There was a catch, however…
He had to tell everyone within cooee that he was a prince—a Toorak prince!
And that’s when all the fun began for Bert!
Writing from her experience growing up in Toorak, Rosemary Macindoe blends a mélange of humour, satire and with a dash of poignancy in « The Toorak Jackpot ». This modern fable, inspired by Dickens’ « Great Expectations » explores what it means to be truly wealthy.
My thoughts on the novel: The Toorak Jackpot is a fun, entertaining novella with a deep message about fame, money and happiness. What is the true meaning of life? Can happiness only be achieved by becoming a billionaire or a prince? These are the main themes being dealt with in this well written story.
Set in beautiful Melbourne, the story unfolds at a good pace, with interesting characters like Bert Smith, a successful shoe salesman who gets dumped by his wife just before hitting the jackpot — he inherited a fortune and a mansion in Toorak, a fancy suburb renowned for being the home of the Melburnian socialite.
Bert must go through an interesting inner process to find out what happiness and wealth really are about.
How refreshing it was to read about this modern story set in Australia and specifically in Melbourne which I was lucky enough to call home in another life! 🙂 Yes, technically the story was great, and, icing on the cake, it struck a personal chord.
If you are keen on reading a riveting story with an Aussie flavour, I strongly recommend it.
My score: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥