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31 May 2022
RRP: $29.99
Paperback, 288 pages
234 x 153 mm
Contemporary Fiction/Humour

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When Jokers Were Kings

by John Tesarsch

When mild-mannered mail clerk Bertie Jones tries his luck as an Elvis Presley impersonator, his whole world gets shaken up. His doting mother doesn’t approve, for a start. But with his best friend as his overzealous manager and a budding romance with Jasmine, a Michael Jackson tribute artist, Bertie just might be about to hip-shake his way to the most unlikely stardom.

Take a front-row seat to a tour de force of a musical and personal journey, set against the backdrop of a banking royal commission and a white-knuckle road trip that includes a run-in with a Ned Kelly impersonator – all squeezed into a tight rhinestone jumpsuit. It’s a rollicking return for the King … and one he definitely would not have seen coming.

When Jokers Were Kings is an uplifting romantic comedy brimming with offbeat ideas about modern life, love and finding your voice.

PRAISE for When Jokers Were Kings

‘Non-stop laughs on every page. And Elvis! I’m in.’ Danny Katz

‘Unforgettable, sharp and hilarious – at once great fun and an astute commentary on the modern world.’ Lee Kofman

‘Hilarious, endearing, irresistible –I loved it!’ Leah Swann

‘Bertie Jones IS in the building – and you’ll be cheering in the audience. Viva love!’ Claire Halliday

‘John Tesarsch works light satire into superior feelgood fiction. It’s great fun, better written than it needs to be, and a step up from musical rom-coms in the vein of The Wedding Singer.’ The Age

About the Author

John Tesarsch is the author of three acclaimed literary novels (The Philanthropist, The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman, and Dinner with the Dissidents, which was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award). He has degrees in music and law, and pursued a career as a cellist in Vienna before he turned to writing. He is also a barrister, and he lectures in law at the University of Melbourne. When Jokers Were Kings is his fourth novel and first romantic comedy.