Frack off: Trouble in the High Country and the Kimberley

January 11, 2015 in Adult LGBTi, Lower Secondary, Science

Frack off: trouble in the high country and the Kimberley

This is a story about fracking and it is also an LGBT story with some nuns thrown in. Together they are united in their opposition to fracking and the danger to the water table. In both blockades, friends band together and “Lock the gate”. The main character is teenager Willow who lives with her mother, Julie, in the high country of Victoria. They solve the case of the missing bulldozer and driver with the help of their dog, Rusty. He comes with them to Broome but not to the blockade. Suitable for teens.


Dedicated to the Yulleroo camp 70 km north of Broome, who are united in their opposition to a fracking consortium. In particular, Mick and Dan who have spent months at the camp, to save the Kimberley water table.


Review #1

Enjoyed reading this book.

ByAnne N.on March 27, 2015           4 stars

Format: Kindle Edition

If you are the kind of person who enjoys just about any kind of story, this is a good book to read! It’s a very unique story filled with characters from different walks of life. Gives a good moral to readers too. A good book to make us realize that cooperation, unity and humanity is not about sexual orientation.

Review #2

Frack off by Andy Chamberlain – 4 stars

Something for everyone!

This is an astonishing short story in that it touches on such a range of subjects. Any one of them can generate passionate opinions, but taken together – phew! The writer manages to combine LGBT issues with the contentious subject of fracking. Throw in some of the characters striking gold in the back yard, some tales from the Nunnery, a bit of home schooling, and the mysterious disappearing bulldozer – and you get some way towards the many parts that make up the whole.

What’s so interesting is that the writer presents this eclectic mix with a kind of homely gentleness, the flavour of this story is indeed cosy and humorous as the book description says. All of the characters seem to maintain a cheerful determination as they work out their gender identity and sexuality, whilst making sure that there’s breakfast and dinner for everyone in the anti-fracking group, and Rusty the dog still gets his walk. Indeed, there’s a kind of practical directness about this story which seems to reflect the Australian psyche.

A busy, slightly chaotic, homely and rather lovely tale of every day green campaigners and LGBT folk from the Kimberley, working it out, Aussie style.

Review #3

This is a young adult book, so as an older male adult, I cannot necessarily relate the way a young person might be able to. The title indicates that the story may provide some incite into the controversial practice of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for oil and natural gas.  However other than highlighting a few groups in Australia that formally protest the practice, there is no real insight into the practice discussing its benefits or its harm to the environment.  Fracking is almost incidental to the story.

There is more said about the normalcy of lesbian and transgender issues than fracking.  The book does an admirable job of portraying lesbians and transgender people as just everyday folk living, working and loving.

The storyline itself is rather light with no real beginning, or ending.  It is more like an “art film” that picks a random period someone’s life and does a good job of relaying events during that time.

… Much of the vernacular and setting would be appreciated by those living in or familiar with Australia so others with less understanding of the country may get confused by those specifics.

Brian Borgford

Review #4

Nov 05, 2015 Constance McKee rated it 4 of 5 stars

This is an interesting, apparently semi-autobiographical, novella. I particularly enjoyed it because it describes a great deal about life in Australia—fascinating to an American who has never had the pleasure of visiting the continent. The primary focus is on protests against fracking, but the story also touches on LGBT issues, Aboriginal issues, a missing bulldozer, gold digging, Girl Guides, homeschooling, nuns, and NaNoWriMo/self-publishing—all told through the perspective of a 14-year-old girl. It’s quite a ride! 

Review #5 – Larak

I believe that with a little change here and there this short story could be transformed into a powerful mouthpiece for ‘save the water’ campaign in OZ. Anyway, jokes apart, I like the story because it is humorous. The prose style is excellent. The formatting was just too plain for me but it doesn’t matter, at the end of the day, content is all that matters. The setting is quite simplistic, although it does change at times because the two lesbian women in the novel hop from one place to another.

One of the women is a writer and I could connect with her even more after the mention of the Nanowrimo contest, in which I take part now and then. I am a struggling writer too and the story helped me get my lost inspiration back. Overall if you want a nice, cozy and humorous country story then this is for you. Suggestion for the author: some extra page breaks in-between the chapters and a different formatting for the chapter headings would help; additionally, this has the potential to be converted into a full blown novel (frankly the story left me wanting for more).


Alternative beginning:

We had a ceremony with an aunt and her girlfriend when my periods started. We danced under a full moon around a big bonfire. It was awesome. I pretended I was Hiawatha and stomped and pranced to my heart’s content. If this was womanhood, it can’t be all bad. Little did I know that pain would strike two months later.

Pastor Landon