‘At the West End: Temlett Conibeer in West Papua’ by A C T Marke, Frogmouth Press, Low Head, Tasmania, 2014, ISBN 9780646919164, 300 pages. $30, including postage from the author
THIS is the fourth in Andrew Marke’s Temlett Conibeer novels. The central character in all the novels is a sexually repressed and ultra-conservative Englishman with distinct Victorian attitudes.
Temlett Conibeer works in pre-independence Papua New Guinea as a malaria control officer. Among his close friends is an ex-Nazi who was in the SS during World War II.
Critics of the novels range from those who regard them as appallingly bad literature to those who find them inexplicably fascinating. I fall into the latter category, as did the late David Wall to whom this latest volume is dedicated.