When Dorian turned up on the doorstep of Penguin Books with five chapters of his first novel and his lunch in a brown paper bag, he never imagined he’d be signed to one of the biggest publishing houses in the world.
Since then his laugh-out-loud books have been published by Penguin and sold in translation in Europe. He read his last novel on Radio National. And was a guest speaker at the Sydney Writer’s Festival. His first novel was also released internationally as an audiobook. He’s also written several short stories featured in bestselling Penguin anthologies such as Big Night Out 3 and Heatwave, Penguin Summer Stories.
CAFE in VENICE
A Café in Venice made me laugh out loud…
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Moments of delicious irony and recognition…
His perky humour has a way of wrong footing the reader…
It’s a VERY funny book!
ABC EVENING SHOW – JAMES O’LOUGHLIN
A tale which quietly absorbs one into its unhurried, blokey thrall. This novel rides close to home. And nicely too.
His first novel and it’s a good one. Bustling with existential angst, a gallery of vividly drawn characters, and rapid-fire wit, this rites-of-passage yarn romps home with a seductively page-turning rush.
A Café in Venice is a thoroughly enjoyable read, shot full of acerbic humour, a fine sense of detail without falling into literary pretension, and behind it all, a surprisingly thoughtful understanding of the human condition. All up, a lot of charm and a lot of cheek.
Dorian Mode has created something wonderful with his first novel. Instantly compelling, a Café in Venice is a rewarding Australian novel with a unique dark humour made obvious from the beginning… A Café in Venice is highly commendable; clever, brisk and refreshing, with plenty of genuine Australian humour.
It’s not everyday that you come across a book which is hip without pretense, deep without preaching and funny, erudite and moving, whilst providing a seamless narrative. Dorian Mode’s writing debut doesn’t miss a beat.
There is salvation and side-splitting laughs for even the puniest outsider in this book.
THE WEEKLY TIMES
I laughed my guts out.
LINDY BURNS – ABC DRIVE MELBOURNE
You’ll laugh out loud!
There are not many writers around who can make a reader laugh out loud. But Sydney scribe Dorian Mode is one. His latest book is a darkly hilarious look at mental illness and stamps him as one of Australia’s bright literary stars.
WEEKEND GOLD COAST BULLETIN
Dorian Mode is to be applauded for his courage in showing his foibles to the world. With Mozart Maulers he has delivered a modern-day classic.
A bit like Brassed Off in reverse, this book is really sustained by the author’s sense of cultural adventure and understanding of mental fragility.
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
After an early nod to the Russian classics he quickly churns out one-liners. With this book Mode scores a conversion!
This is a funny book! I laughed out loud and also enjoyed the glimpses into the life of an elite music student. This is a joyful experience. A film is in the making and I can’t wait!
GOOD READING MAGAZINE
He’s a wry humourist who takes the Mickey out of himself first before turning his wit on others. What I love about Mode’s writing style is full of one-liners, ironic circumstances, total humour and a lot of self-searching human emotion. This is a funny book – the humour and humanity will draw you in.
His humour is necessarily a very dark shade of grey, and I confess to laughing out loud when our hero describes himself as running like Iris Murdoch in her later years. The climatic rugby game is nicely rendered, as thrilling and funny as it should be.
Dorian Mode has turned out a highly entertaining semi-autobiography. Laugh-out-loud moments are largely provided by Mode’s great ear for dialogue and his genuine affection for the foibles of Aussie blue-collar culture. This is one for the sports fans and non-sporting fans alike. Highly entertaining.
THE BIG ISSUE
Mode’s writing style is full of one-liners, ironic circumstances, total humour and a lot of self-searching human emotions