'A fearsome satirical blast’ Sunday Age Sydney, 2001: Hugh Walker has it all. He’s a successful young lawyer with a beautiful girlfriend and a million dollar office view… So why does he identify more with his resident cockroach than Atticus Finch, his childhood hero? Once upon a time he was the defender of the abused, the voice of the oppressed. But now he's turning a blind eye to suspect time sheets, championing the powerful against the powerless, and not being entirely honest with his girlfriend. Has his good side deserted him? Is there a way back? A bitingly satirical novel about one man’s search for his soul … in the most soulless of places. Praise for Hell Has Harbour Views ‘A sharp-clawed comedy’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘The funniest, most unutterably savage lawyer joke ever’ John Birmingham ‘Beasley exercises brutal wit in deconstructing modern angst … His spirited whistleblowing is a tonic’ Weekend Australian
Comparing the major Pacific Rim cities of Sydney, Hong Kong and Shanghai, this book examines world city branding. Whilst all three cities compete on the world's stage for events, tourists and investment, they are also at the centre of distinct film traditions and their identities are thus strongly connected with a cinematic impression. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this book not only analyses the city branding of these cities from the more widely researched perspectives of tourism, marketing and regional development, but also draws in cultural studies and psychology approaches which offer fresh and useful insights to place branding and marketing in general. The authors compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative original data as well as critically analyzing current texts and debates on city branding. In conclusion, they argue that city branding should contribute not only to regional development and identity, but also to sustainable economic well-being and public happiness.
A high charge out rate by an accountant does not mean that the advice the accountant gives you is good. Bad advice can cost money too.As a partner in a law firm once pointed out - many of these issues can be traced back to the concept of time-based billing. This is a system whereby you are charged dollars per hour for the time spent on your work. The issue is highlighted in a cult novel for disgruntled lawyers written by ex-lawyer Richard Beasley called Hell Has Harbour Views. In this book, one of the characters manages to record more hours on his time sheet than there are actual hours in the day! It has been argued that time-based charging promotes inefficiencies and hide stupidity.A good accountant is worth their weight in gold. How do you find a good accountant? As a client, you may not know what to look for. You do not know what criteria you should use when appointing a new accountant. This book will tell you.
A story of friendship - and lives changed forever. Adelaide, 1977. The year Elvis died. And the year twelve-year-old Jake Taylor meets Rory Macbeath. Until then, Jake's world was small, revolving around his street, his school, and the courthouse where his mum, Harry, was a barrister. His best friend lives only a few houses away. For them daylight is for spinning a cricket ball, riding bikes around the neighbourhood and swimming at the pool until their skin is wrinkled and the zinc on their noses has washed away. But then Rory Macbeath moves into the red-brick house at the end of Rose Avenue and everything changes. At first Jake has his doubts about Rory. But after long days and nights of swimming, fishing and daring each other into trouble, Jake discovers Rory has talents and courage beyond anyone he's ever known. Then, early one evening, Rory disappears. And everyone on Rose Avenue is about to discover why. For Jake and Rory, nothing will ever be the same. 'Despite its difficult subject matter, this is a majestic, high-ceilinged cathedral of a novel' - The Australian 'a sobering portrait of sacrifice and lost innocence, a look at the cost of standing up to those who abuse their power' - Sydney Morning Herald