Lyrebird and Dreamboy

This page is about my first novel, Lyrebird and Dreamboy. I have recently completed the third draft and I will be sending it out to the relevant literary agents as soon as I get all of my ducks in a row. I like all of my waterfowl in rows. 

I have been obsessed with the idea behind this project for about six years, and it has leaked into other short stories and other projects I’ve been working on throughout this time. I sometimes wonder if I’ll be able to stop obsessing with its core premise and the themes it explores… But as it addresses fiction, escapism and dealing with one’s problems, I suspect that it will continue to rear its familiar head for many years to come.

If my novel were to find its way into a bookshop and someone were to read the blurb on the back, it would sound a little like a shorter version of this:

Rick is with Lox – a man he both needs and fears. He has followed Lox to a library full of books that are more than what they seem. Each book belongs to a person; each book tells a life – one true and one better than true. As Rick discovers the pain in each life he begins to understand why people might turn to someone as dangerous and wonderful as Lox. And he begins to understand why Lox might also come to them.

The following excerpts will hopefully give you an idea of the novel’s style and a taste of its plot and purpose. 

Laura’s Story — Where a woman receives a wonderful gift from a fox.

Patrick Drummond — Where a boy becomes a whale and rules the ocean.

Maka and Dreamboy — Where a boy loses much before he becomes a dream.


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  1. Emma Pearson says:

    The characters in Lyrebird and Dreamboy are so believable and I identified with every single one of them. Rick’s internal struggles and private thoughts are expressed perfectly and allow the reader a real insight into his mind. My favourite part was Laura’s story. I think it is beautifully written and so powerful to read. I really struggled to put it down!

  2. Sophie Liljendahl says:

    Lyrebird and Dreamboy is an incredible story. Truly captivating and brilliantly written from start to finish, I didn’t want to put it down. The characters, their stories and tales are something quite amazing yet relatable. This is a book about real life, magic, and an idea that can take us all somewhere else if we choose to believe it. Amazing read.

  3. Chris says:

    I thought this novel was great.

    While the plot was captivating, the real highlight for me was discovering how each character’s fantasy life differed from their real one. The writer has the ability to convey the character’s personality quickly and effectively through their narrative.

    The lead character is rightfully conflicted throughout the novel, and this is expressed well, particularly his feelings of guilt. The story also presents an interesting antagonist in Lox, the story of whom is left ambiguous, and could quite easily be revisited in different stories.

    While the novel is family friendly, it does tease darker themes, which I felt the writer explored with enough vagueness to let the reader’s imagination fill in the blanks where the tragically gruesome details are omitted.

    This novel presents a new and interesting take on the fantasy genre without taking an age to establish a universe; the concept is clear, and the delivery is very satisfying.

  4. Joma says:

    Lyrebird and Dreamboy is a wonderful exploration of human strength and frailty. Like all the best works of fantasy, McCune uses magical elements to hold mirror to real experiences. He never judges his characters, he just allows them to tell their stories and in telling them to us I think he helps us look at ourselves. This is a novel you can go back to time and again and always come away from with a different sense of who everyone is and a different idea of what you might do yourself, if you ever met Lox. Powerful stuff.

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