The Showdown in Wollongong

By Paddy Bostock


Doctor Quentin Trimble’s inveterate hypochondria renders his temporary suspension from work—and relegation to “gardening duty”—all but inevitable. As he struggles to adjust to his new routine, the fairy Fion appears in Quentin’s toolshed, ushering him into a world of life-changing possibilities, and making him the catalyst for a series of adventures involving his family, his colleagues and a motley crew of strangers, which unfold against the backdrop of a pandemic of global magnitude. Underpinning the story’s entire fabric is a quirky take on romance, whose tongue-in-cheek tone belies a serious appreciation of the redeeming power of love.