James Colley: The Next Big Thing

James Colley The Next Big ThingPart young-love rom-com, part David and Goliath story, The Next Big Thing by James Colley is a heartwarming, hilarious, quintessentially Australian debut.

Norm has lived in Norman his whole life. It’s where he grew up, where he went to school and met his best friend Ella. But the town is dying: the river has dried up, and with it all the jobs.

One night at the pub, Norm announces a plan. He’s going to build a Big Thing – like Coffs Harbour’s Big Banana or Ballina’s Big Prawn – to drive tourism to the town and give it a future. And to show Ella that she could have a future here too, maybe even with him.

Ella, meanwhile, plans to leave Norman for the big smoke. She’s tired of being a big fish in a small pond, especially when that pond is running out of water.

Ella encourages Norm’s big idea nonetheless. If it works, Norm will have a larger-than-life reminder of her. And if not, at least they’ll have one last perfect summer together.

Will Norm from Norman build a Big Thing in time to save his town, and convince the girl of his dreams she belongs here too – or is it too late?

James Colley is a comedy writer from Western Sydney known for work on Gruen, Summer Love, Question Everything, The 1% Club and The Weekly with Charlie Pickering, as well as regular columns for the Sydney Morning Herald. The Next Big Thing is his debut novel.

The Next Big Thing is published by Pantera Press and available from all leading book retailers including Booktopia.

Image: The Next Big Thing – courtesy of Pantera Press