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by Brendan Gullifer

  • Shortlisted in the National Year of Reading Campaign
  • Selected for the Victorian State Library’s Summer Read Program

Money. Lust. Real estate. SOLD takes a fly-on-the-wall look at Melbourne’s property industry. Set in the leafy, prosperous inner suburbs, it follows the fortunes and misfortunes of three agents as they jostle, thrive and try to survive. It reveals the routines, the agents’ listing tricks and the subtle intimidation used to motivate staff and prospective vendors at Prender and Prender Real Estate. Failed AFL footballer, Will Pittman, now a junior agent, is looking for redemption. Former Auckland car dealer Harry ‘The Fox’ Osbourne just wants to pay the kids’ school fees. And Dally Love, the smiling assassin, wants it all: money, the girl, and the warm glow that comes from being seen as a good bloke.

“FOUR STARS. Gullifer’s novel exposes a lot of what we suspected might be the level of integrity of the real estate world. This novel reminded me of Richard Beasley’s Hell Has Harbour Views. It’s a fun ride.”– Bookseller and Publisher

“Scary, hilarious and really well written.” – Peter Moon

“If you like your satire funny, clever and extra sharp, you’ll love SOLD.” – Toni Jordan

“This perfect reading opportunity contains f/f characters, elec plot lines, and wall to wall quality writing. Stunning debut, perfect for entertaining.” – Tony Wilson

“This first novel by Ballarat writer Brendan Gullifer was described recently by Jennifer Byrne on ABC’s The First Tuesday Book Club as “tremendous fun”.
 Indeed it is.
 Moral outrage meets a sense of humour as Gullifer explores the unscrupulous side of the Melbourne real estate scene.
 And it’s a scene into which he has insight, having spent a year working as an agent – an experience that left him somewhat despondent.
 This venture into the property world helps bring an authenticity to Sold.
 The plot centres around an alpha male of an agent, Dally Love, a philanderer, liar and bully.
 But Love finds his status, income and home life crumbling around as his devious activities catch up with him.
The cast of agents surrounding Love are also short on redeeming features although some sympathy is felt for former footballer Will Pittman, who is bewildered by the behaviour of his senior colleagues but lacks the fortitude to do anything constructive.
 Sold is a quickly engaging, highly entertaining and recommended read.
” – Ballarat Courier Mail

Read more of Brendan’s words here.