This revised edition of 'Butchers Parade' includes some new material and mir corrections. Like the original version it adopts a perspective sometimes described as stalgic realism. It unfolds like a series of black and white photographs depicting a patchwork past. Set in the third quarter of the twentieth century, most of the stories of 'Butchers Parade' take place in Redgate, a meatworks town in Australia's southeast. The narratives are united by the presence of Horrie, a young meatworker, who spends his spare time playing rugby league and drinking at the local pub. Horrie is conscripted to fight in Vietnam and, when he returns to Redgate, he struggles to shake off his distorted memories of war and finds himself caught up in a romance that seems hopeless.
David Morisset is the pen name of an Australian writer who grew up in Riverstone, which was then a meatworks town on Sydney's semi-rural western fringe. He moved to Canberra to study at the Australian National University and chose to roam the world, first as a diplomat and later as an economist. David now lives on the Central Coast north of Sydney. Over recent years he has published 'Old Shemiran Road', a novel set in Iran, as well as collections of short stories and poems. His poem, 'Persian Princess', was commended in the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award (2009 Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary Awards).