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In a way Australia is like Catholicism. The company is sometimes questionable and the landscape is grotesque. But you always come back.
I was never any good at cricket thought I love it as a, as a sort of mystery.
I thought I'd definitely be a writer, whatever I did.
I must apologise because I know all writers have memories of being on the outer because it's the children on the side of the playground who become the dangerous writers.
But in practice Australia - the pluralism of Australia - sorry the sectarianism to an extent stopped at the time you took your uniform off after coming home from school.
But I was also a brat. I used to belong to a gang that went looking for fights with other gangs.
Australia integrated the - brought on the ships and unleashed in the society the dogs of sectarianism, which had existed in other places - in Glasgow, in Liverpool and of course in Ireland, north and south.
And so um, I knew that I really didn't want to be a priest and didn't want to be a celibate, though I could probably manage it. Um, and um, ultimately I left.
And it is a folly to try to craft a novel for the screen, to write a novel with a screen contract in mind.
And I was very interested in the priesthood.
And I think my sexuality was heavily repressed by the church, by the, you know, the design of the mortal sins.
And I liked pluralist Australia. I got a taste for pluralist Australia. I like, I like Australians and I can't believe that they're going to go to hell because they tell a good dirty joke, you know.
And I found both literature and the church very dramatic presences in the world of the 1950s.
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