Paul Dalgarno Poly

Paul Dalgarno Poly

Chris Flood"a married father of two with plummeting self-esteem and questionable guitar skills"suddenly finds himself in the depths of polyamory after years of a near-sexless marriage. His wife, Sarah"a lover of the arts, avid quoter of Rumi, and always oozing confidence"wants to rediscover her sexuality after years of deadening domesticity.

Their new life of polyamory features late nights, love affairs and rotating childcare duties. While Sarah enjoys flings with handsome men, Chris, much to his astonishment, falls for a polydactylous actor and musician, Biddy.

Then there's Zac Batista. When Chris and Sarah welcome the Uruguayan child prodigy and successful twenty-two-year-old into their lives, they gratefully hand over school pick-up and babysitting duties. But as tensions grow between family and lovers, Chris begins to wonder if it's just jealousy, or something more sinister brewing…

A searing and utterly engrossing debut, Poly is a raw, hilarious, and moving portrait of contemporary relationships in all their diversity, and an intimate exploration of the fragility of love and identity.

Written as a reality-check on the literature about polyamory, Paul Dalgarno explores key themes of love and trust in relationships, sex and marriage, jealousy, guilt, betrayal and the normality of a not-so-normal modern family. The book also touches on mental health and masculinity in crisis (all but two of the adult males have mental health issues e.g. anxiety, depression, personality disorders). Poly is an honest look at polyamory, from someone who is"Paul Dalgarno and his wife are in an open relationship

Paul Dalgarno was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and immigrated to Australia in 2010. In Scotland, he was a senior features writer, columnist and Deputy Weekend Features Editor with The Herald and Sunday Herald newspapers. In Melbourne, he was a launch editor, Deputy Editor, Arts Editor and Science Editor of The Conversation website. Paul has written for many publications including Guardian Australia, Australian Book Review, Sunday Times Scotland and The Big Issue. His memoir, And You May Find Yourself, was published in 2015 (Sleepers Publishing). In 2016, he was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship to work on his second book. When not writing, reading or parenting, Paul loves to cycle vast distances. Poly is his debut novel. He lives in Melbourne.


"A quintessential 21st Century love story, Poly will shake you up, madden you, have you in stitches and most significantly, make you consider your own life more deeply.  I couldn't put this novel down." Lee Kofman


"A rip-roaring rided through contemporary Melbourne that will have you heartbroken one moment and laughing the next." Rochelle Siemienowicz


Author: Paul Dalgarno
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