For the last twelve years, Andrew Bettridge had been making a living as a writer of radio commercials. Starting off in Perth Australia, his work took him to Sydney, then to London, followed by Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North of England, back to Sydney, then to Melbourne and, finally, back to Sydney again. He won many awards, but was never quite satisfied, so he decided to start work on the Great Australian Novel that everyone was waiting for. Unfortunately, his years of writing thirty second radio spots had conditioned him to stop writing at one hundred words. This troubled him greatly.