The Hotel Albatross

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Pan Macmillan Australia, Jul 1, 2009 - Fiction - 276 pages
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From the bestselling author of The Household Guide to Dying comes a funny and moving account of life in the country.

The Captain and his wife accidentally find themselves managing the Hotel Albatross. The Captain floats between the hotel's various bars: chatting to and chatting up customers, breaking up fights, and dealing calmly with the simmering tensions of a small town. His wife has her hands full with the day-to-day running of the hotel: mediating between family members fighting over wedding decorations, appeasing disgruntled staff members and dealing with the horror of what lies in room 101. She also dreams of getting out...

Debra Adelaide has created a wonderfully poignant novel about hotel management and human nature. She weaves the eccentric cast of characters together beautifully with the politics of life in a small town to give the reader a sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking glimpse into what it would be like to live at the Hotel Albatross.

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User Review  - cameling - LibraryThing

A couple manage an old bed & breakfast in Australia and finds that running a b&b introduces them to a lot interesting characters. Some interesting vignettes, but rather ho-hum on the whole. Didn't grab my attention Read full review

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User Review  - Tim Corke - Goodreads

Hotel Adelaide creates the feeling of small old town Australia with its regular scene of drinking characters with a realistic ease that verges on worrying. It feels as the author has spent time in the ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Debra Adelaide is the author of several novels, including The Household Guide to Dying (2008), which was sold around the world, Serpent Dust (1998) and The Hotel Albatross (1995). She is also the editor of several themed collections of fiction and memoirs, including Acts of Dog (2003) and the bestselling Motherlove series (1996-1998). As well as a creative writer she has also been a freelance researcher, editor, book reviewer and literary award judge, and is now associate professor at the University of Technology, Sydney where she teaches creative writing.

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